At 35-years-old and in his 17th year in the league, LeBron James continues to rule the league like a King. And in Game 3 win of his LA Lakers over the Houston Rockets, 112-102, James added another astounding feat in his resume.
The Kid from Akron surpassed former Lakers guard Derek Fisher for most wins in the playoffs. James recorded his 162nd win after leading his team to a Game 3 victory to take a 2-1 lead in the second round series of this year’s playoffs.
The King put up impressive numbers in the crucial win with 36 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four blocks, doing it all despite being the oldest player on the court.
James has solidified himself as the best winners in NBA playoff history. But aside from racking up wins in the post-season, he also holds multiple records which further shows why he is in the Greatest of All-Time conversation.
James also holds the record for most points in the playoffs with 7,132 points, eclipsing the record of Michael Jordan who has 5,987 playoff points in his career. He is also first in minutes played, field goals and free throws.
The six-foot-eight forward also has a shot to become the record holder for most games played in the playoffs this season. As of the moment of writing, James has played 247 games in the playoffs, four games away from the second-place holder Tim Duncan who has 251 under his belt and 12 games away from the first-place holder, Fisher with 259 games.
Aside from scoring, James has shown his greatness every time he’s in the playoffs. He has the most steals in playoffs history with 430 steals. The closest active player to his record is Chris Paul, who only has 233 playoff steals and is ranked 20th in the all-time playoff steals list. Scottie Pippen is second with 395, and Jordan is third with 376.
James is sixth in the playoff rebounding list with 2,199. Not only is he the only active player in the top 10 of the most rebounds in playoff history but he is also the only non-big man to be included in the list. Legendary big-men like Bill Russell (4,104), Wilt Chamberlain (3,913), Tim Duncan (2,859), Shaquille O’Neal (2,508), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (2,481), Karl Malone (2,062), Wes Unseld (1,777). Robert Parish (1,756) and Elgin Baylor (1,724) have conquered and yet James managed to surpass those great big-men of the game.
The three-time NBA champion is also ranked third in playoffs assists list with 1,759 assists. He is only behind two legendary point guards in John Stockton (1,839) and Magic Johnson (2,346). He is also the only active player to be in the top 10 of the playoffs assists list.
James is also the second-place holder for most three-pointers made in the playoffs with 390 threes for his career. The record holder for the most three-pointers is no other than the greatest shooter in history, Stephen Curry with 470.