Paul Millsap just broke his horrible playoff streak against LeBron James on Tuesday night. With the Denver Nuggets winning Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, 114-106, Millsap has just won his first postseason matchup against LeBron after 11 tries.
That’s quite a terrible record for Millsap, which fortunately for him, he was finally able to break on Tuesday night. As it turns out, however, Millsap has some company in this particular losing streak:
Jeff Teague is next. Dude is 0-12 all-time in the playoffs vs. LeBron. https://t.co/ps4zYMOXdr
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) September 23, 2020
Jeff Teague actually has it much worse, losing 12 consecutive playoff games against LeBron James. It is no coincidence that Teague and Millsap were former teammates with the Atlanta Hawks. During their time together in Atlanta, the Hawks lost to LeBron’s Cleveland Cavaliers in back-to-back seasons in the playoffs. Unfortunately for them, the Hawks were swept by the Cavs in both matchups.
Teague then made the move to the Indiana Pacers the following season, and as fate would have it, the Pacers faced off against the Cavs in the first round. The result? A clean sweep once again for LeBron James and company, bringing Teague’s tally to 12 straight defeats at the hands of a LeBron-led side. Clearly, he knows how it feels to be on the losing end against James.
As for Millsap, Denver’s huge win on Tuesday saw his personal streak against LeBron finally ended. It wasn’t before a good scare from the Lakers, though, who came storming back from a 20-point deficit, to bring the lead down to just three points in the fourth quarter. The Nuggets held on, however, and have now cut the series deficit to 2-1.