LeBron James units a report practically each time he steps on an NBA courtroom these days, however Sunday’s milestone was notably significant. His Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Houston Rockets 117-109 to even the collection, and in doing so, James earned his 161st profession playoff victory. That ties him with a former Laker, Derek Fisher, for essentially the most postseason wins of all time. 

Fisher’s report is, by and huge, the results of longevity and good workforce choice. Fisher performed till he was 39, and solely spent two seasons on lottery groups with the Golden State Warriors (2003-2005). The majority of his profession got here in Los Angeles and overlapped with the championship runs led by Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. What pushed him into report territory, although, was what occurred after Los Angeles. Fisher spent the 2012, 2013 and 2014 playoffs with the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder. Regardless of being a reserve on his final legs by then, these groups gained 28 complete playoff video games, because of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. That pushed Fisher excessive. 

James has by no means wanted such a push. He has been the perfect participant on each playoff workforce that he has ever performed for, and contemplating he’s solely 35 years outdated, he’s prone to push this report a very good deal additional. James did the majority of his playoff work throughout an eight-year span within the Japanese Convention wherein he reached the NBA Finals each season. 

However James’ aim is to not win playoff video games, or to succeed in the Finals. It is to win the whole factor. Fisher did that 5 instances, and the ghost LeBron has admitted chasing has six rings. The Lakers are in the midst of a hard-fought second-round collection with the Rockets, and even when they make it by, they’d have two tough opponents remaining of their path. That features the Los Angeles Clippers, the rival led by Kawhi Leonard, who spurned James’ advances in free company. 

Whether or not he’ll match Fisher or Michael Jordan by way of complete championships is but to be decided, however for now, he ought to experience a report which will by no means be damaged. James’ playoff consistency and longevity is a rarity in NBA historical past, and till another person finds a solution to attain the Finals eight instances in a row, they merely aren’t prone to play sufficient playoff video games to succeed in the 161 postseason wins LeBron now has. 

To place LeBron’s outstanding playoff resume into perspective, he hit one other milestone on Sunday. By hitting his 386th playoff 3-pointer, he handed Ray Allen for second place on that all-time checklist. He now trails solely Stephen Curry, however LeBron will not be the second-best shooter in NBA historical past. He has simply performed in so many playoff video games that, at the same time as a 33.4 p.c profession playoff 3-point shooter, he is been capable of accrue sufficient quantity to hit that marker. If he retains taking part in on this many postseason video games, he will maintain each playoff report when it is all mentioned and achieved. 

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