Lakers star LeBron James breaks tie with Tim Duncan for incredible playoff record
Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets marks LeBron James’ 252nd career playoff game. Now, The King stands alone in second place in the all-time playoff games list, breaking the tie with NBA legend Tim Duncan.
James is the only active player in the top five of most playoff games played. In first place is Derek Fisher with 259 games — a record that James might snag if the Lakers continue their playoff run. Duncan is now in third place, followed by Robert Horry and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
In James’ illustrious 17-year career, he has only missed the playoffs thrice. He missed the playoffs during his first two seasons in the league with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The third time was last year with the rebuilding Lakers squad.
LeBron James accumulated most of his playoff game tally during his eight straight NBA Finals appearances from 2011 to 2018. Note that he also singlehandedly led the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals in 2007.
Fisher, for his part, collected a chunk of his playoff game tally with the Lakers. He was a vital member of the LA three-peat with Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. Fast forward to 2008 to 2010, he was also by Bryant’s side when they won back-to-back titles. Outside of his stint in the City of Angeles, Fisher also played key roles with the Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder — with the latter even making it all the way to the NBA Finals in 2012.
But from the looks of it, James will take the number one spot before the 2020 NBA playoffs come to an end. This record will be added to one of many James’ milestones.