Lakers vs. Rockets

Tuesday night’s game between the Rockets and Lakers was more than just a regular NBA playoff game. Although all playoff games have major significance for most teams it was especially significant for Lakers star LeBron James. Game 3 was won by the Lakers which put them up 2-1 in the series only needing two more games to advance to the Conference Finals. This win put LeBron James in first place all time for wins in the playoffs. This isn’t the only record that James has to his name but this is one of the most important records that he will hold in his career. 

James passed former Lakers guard Derek Fisher for first place in the win category for the playoffs having 162 wins over his so far 17 year career. James was quoted as saying “It’s something I never dreamed of. I never came into the league as a kid saying, ‘I want to be No. 1 in playoff wins.’ I always said I want to be a part of a winning culture and be a winning player and do whatever it takes to help my teammates win, and this is the result of it. But it doesn’t happen without my teammates over the years, my coaching staff over the years. Everyone from the top to bottom — GMs, owners, training staffs, ball boys, everything. Everyone has a hand in that because we’re all a part of the process and the success. So either if I was in Cleveland or Miami and now with the Lakers, I’ve been a part of three great organizations that have allowed me to be a part of something that’s historic.” according to ESPN. However this wasn’t only amazing to James as teammate Anthony Davis was shocked that his co-star was still doing what he was doing at the ripe age of 35. 

James put on a show in the record breaking game putting up 36 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 blocks. His teammate Anthony Davis helped out by putting up 26 points, 15 rebounds, and 6 assists. This helped put up the Lakers 2-1 taking an important Game 3 that could determine the series. According to research by the Elias Sports Bureau, the Lakers are 17-1 this season, including the playoffs, when James and Davis combine for more than 60 points. This could prove to be an insurmountable task for opposing teams if Davis and James are playing at their best. More impressively though, 34 year old teammate Rajon Rondo came off of the bench and put up 21 points and 9 assists in 30 minutes of play during the game. If it weren’t for this core the Lakers may not have pulled away in the second half as the Rockets were leading by 3 points however the Lakers put together an impressive second half as they outscored the Rockets 21-18 in the third quarter and 30-20 in the fourth quarter to pull away and win the game.

Also it proved that the Rockets small ball scheme wasn’t going to work against the taller more physical Lakers team. The Lakers outrebounded the Rockets 43-30. It also didn’t help that Rockets sixth man Daniel House wasn’t able to play after the ongoing investigation by the Rockets and the NBA after he allegedly brought a woman other than a significant other into his hotel room. Also the Rockets shot 46.9% from the field during the game while the lakers shot a whole 9% better as they shot 55.1% which could have been the reasoning as to why the Lakers took the lead and won the pivotal game 3. This could have been the series defining game as it gave the Lakers the momentum they needed and the lead in the series which could move the Lakers to their first conference finals was 2010 which is when they won their last championship which could be promising to this young Lakers squad.