Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James became the player with most playoff victories in NBA history after a win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. James, a three-time NBA champion, scored a game-high 36 points to lead the Lakers to a 112-102 win over the Rockets in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinals series.
James also grabbed seven rebounds and dished out five assists as the Lakers now lead 2-1 over the Rockets. "It's something I never dreamed of," said James, who was already No. 1 in career playoff scoring, after he led all scorers with 36 points, per ESPN.
"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."
James takes nothing for granted
James, 35, is motivated to claim his fourth NBA title in these playoffs as he knows he only has a few years left in the league.
Despite being 35, James is still performing at an extremely high level. "One, we don't know how many opportunities we're going to get at this level. Two, our league kind of tries to weed guys like us in our later years out of the league," James said.
"And you see it a lot: Guys in their 30s, mid-30s, they kind of try to stray away from the vets and things of that nature, so we take -- that's a little pride, as well. "And then three, some people was built for this moment, and some people were not.
And I just think that when you've been in the process and you've been building your mind and your body and your soul for the postseason, no matter the circumstances, no matter the environment, then you're able to rise."