After the Los Angeles Lakers’ Game 2 victory over the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals, LeBron James has tied Derek Fisher for the most playoff wins of all-time.
James locked in his 161st playoff victory, matching the former Lakers guard on top of the record books. The win also knotted the series up at 1-1.
LeBron and Derek Fisher. Two Laker greats atop the record books pic.twitter.com/RuVbtlxnz5
— Colm (@ColeyMick) September 7, 2020
For those who have been following LeBron James’ illustrious 17-year career, it is no surprise that he’s on top of the leaderboard for most playoff wins. After all, he has missed the playoffs just thrice: twice with the Cleveland Cavaliers (first stint) and the other with the Lakers in 2018-19.
Moreover, every time James is in the playoffs, his team always has a shot to make it all the way to the NBA Finals and win it all. He proved this with his historic eight consecutive NBA Finals appearances — a record that might not be broken anytime soon. It’s a testament not just to his skill and talent, but also how much he spends time taking care of his body.
Apart from the most playoff wins, James also moved up to second in the all-time playoffs 3-pointers list. He will likely forge his name on top of several records as well:
Tonight LeBron James moved to 2nd in all-time playoff threes and tied 1st in playoff wins.
Here's where LeBron stands in all-time playoff lists:
WINS — 1st (tied)
GMS — 3rd
MINS — 1st
PTS — 1st
REB — 6th
AST — 3rd
STL — 1st
BLK — 13th
FG — 1st
3P — 2nd
FT — 1st pic.twitter.com/b3haZYYXD9
— StatMuse (@statmuse) September 7, 2020
Derek Fisher, for his part, is a playoff legend himself. He is most known for his stint with the Lakers where he won five titles, a three-peat with Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, and a back-to-back with the latter.
Apart from donning the Purple and Gold, he also helped teams such as the Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder make a deep run in the postseason. The Thunder even made it all the way to the NBA Finals in 2012.