LeBron James set up seemingly his best performance in a Los Angeles Lakers jersey and made history in the process as his team went 2-1 up in the series against the Houston Rockets.
LeBron James scored a team-high 36 points and became the record-breaking leader in NBA postseason wins as the Los Angeles Lakers claimed a 112-102 triumph over the Houston Rockets in Game 3 of the Western Conference semi-finals on Tuesday night.
After a great exhibition in Game Two against the Rockets, LeBron James went to another level and helped the Lakers to a 112-102 win in Game 3.
NBA legend Magic Johnson claimed it was one of the best performances of LeBron James’ career after he posted 36 points, seven bounce back and five helps.
“One of the best performances I’ve ever seen in one half of playoff basketball by LeBron James!!” Johnson tweeted.
“He scored from every spot on the floor.”
However, generally speaking, it was the mind-blowing accomplishment he beat, which will go down in the record books.
LeBron James leads most playoff wins
The Lakers will take a 2-1 lead into Game 4 of the best-of-seven series in the early hours on Thursday night.
The Game 3 dominant implied LeBron James, 35, has won 162 postseason games.
That figures outperformed the record, which was set by Derek Fisher, who additionally spent a lot of time with the Lakers.
For his presentation and the unimaginable accomplishment, fans went wild wondering about apparently the best NBA player.
Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat are headed to the NBA’s eastern conference finals as Giannis Antetokounmpo could just watch the Milwaukee Bucks season conclude.
The fifth-seeded Heat finished off an upset of the NBA’s best regular-season team on Tuesday, beating the Bucks 103-94 in Game 5 of their semi-final series.
Antetokounmpo, the league’s reigning MVP and recently reported defensive player of the year, couldn’t play as a result of a sprained right ankle.
Butler and Goran Dragic each scored 17 points for the Heat, who won the series 4-1 and will confront the Boston Celtics or the Toronto Raptors when the NBA’s final four get going one week from now.
It’s Miami’s first time in the east finals since 2014, and the first time Butler has arrived at this somewhere down in the playoffs.
Los Angeles’ Anthony Davis included 26 points and a game-high 15 bounce back, while Rajon Rondo keyed a final quarter run after the teams entered the final period tied.
LeBron James earned his 162nd career playoff triumph, beating the mark set by Derek Fisher.
“It says that I have played with a lot of great teams,” LeBron James said in a post-game interview. “It says that I have played with a lot of great team-mates and some great coaches, in Cleveland, in Miami and nowhere in Los Angeles.
“It doesn’t happen without the supporting cast. It is why I’m able to sit here with this achievement, but it is all about the three organizations I have been with, the Cavs, the Heat, and now the Lakers because, without them, I wouldn’t be in this position.”
LeBron James scored 29 points in the first half, his season-high for any half, to keep the Lakers afloat before dominating the activity with four blocks in the second from last quarter.
Rondo, in the interim, led the charge early in the fourth period by scoring the last eight points during a 10-0 run that created a 94-85 advantage. He got done with 21 points and nine assists in 30 minutes off the bench.
The Lakers endure 15 ties and 16 lead changes by controlling the last period for a second back to back game, posting a 30-20 edge in the last 12 minutes.
James Harden paced the Rockets with 33 points, nine bounce back and nine assists, while Russell Westbrook bounced back from a rocky Game 2 with 30 points, eight bounce back, and six assists.
Be that as it may, the Rockets were without reserve forward Danuel House Jr (personal reasons) and the Lakers got done with a 42-16 advantage in bench points.
LeBron James scored only two points in the third quarter, yet he blocked shots by Eric Gordon (twice), Harden, and Austin Rivers, the latter only before the period’s final buzzer, setting a defensive tone.
Davis shouldered the scoring load after LeBron James cooled and before Rondo caught fire.
Westbrook got off to a scorching beginning with 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting in the primary quarter as the Rockets hit 13-of-19 shots to take a 33-32 lead into the second quarter.
LeBron James scored in every way imaginable for the Lakers, yet Houston parlayed 10 Lakers turnovers into 12 points in the half, and joined with their 32 points in the paint, formed a 64-61 lead by the intermission.
The Lakers, at last, got done with a 56-46 advantage on paint points and outrebounded the Rockets 43-30 while shooting a vigorous 55.1 percent from the floor. Houston sank 46.9 percent of their field-goal attempts.