In a thrilling Game 4 victory over the Phoenix Suns, LeBron James found himself in elite company in the annals of Los Angeles Lakers history. James scored 17 points, dished out 11 assists, and grabbed 7 rebounds, leading the Lakers to a 109-95 win and tying their first-round playoff series at two games apiece.
With his 11 assists in Game 4, James surpassed Lakers legend Magic Johnson for the most playoff assists in franchise history. James now has 1,043 assists in the postseason as a Laker, while Johnson had 1,041 during his storied career in purple and gold.
The win on Sunday also marked James’ 101st playoff victory of his career, tying him with former Lakers center Robert Horry for ninth on the NBA’s all-time list.
Despite battling through injuries throughout the season, James has been at his best in the postseason. Through four games against the Suns, he’s averaging 23.3 points, 9.0 assists, and 8.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 48.1% from the field and 47.1% from three-point range.
With James leading the way, the Lakers will look to take a 3-2 series lead when they host the Suns for Game 5 on Tuesday night.