KEY POINTS

  • The Los Angeles Lakers tied their series against the Houston Rockets at 1-1
  • LeBron James is now tied at first place with the most games won in the playoffs
  • James surpassed Ray Allen with the most three-pointers made in a postseason

The Los Angeles Lakers were able to even the score in their playoff series against the Houston Rockets with a 117-109 victory. This was a historic game for LeBron James as he climbed up the postseason rankings with the most wins in playoff history.

The 28 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists four steals and two blocks sealed the deal for the Lakers to bounce back and tie the series at one game apiece. The incredible performance of LeBron put him first in the all-time list of most playoff games won, tied with Derek Fisher with 161 wins.

To add to these, LeBron’s sole make from beyond the arc was enough to put him at second on the all-time threes made in the postseason. The 36-year-old has passed his former teammate and shooting great Ray Allen on the list with 386.

"We're at our best when he's in attack mode," Lakers coach Frank Vogel said by way of ESPN.

In addition to LeBron’s incredible performance, several members of the Lakers squad also stepped up. Big man All-Star Anthony Davis also put up a solid stat line as he led all scorers with 34 points and added 10 rebounds.

"I think we adjusted from Game 1 to Game 2," James said.

Game three is looking to be another intense match as the Rockets are looking to adjust moving forward.

"They just came out and played harder than us, I feel like," James Harden said.

The scoring duo of Harden and Eric Gordon led the Rockets’ scoring with 27 and 24 points respectively.

"In the second half, we woke up and took the lead. We've just got to have that intensity at the beginning of the game and we'll be all right," Harden added.

For former MVP Russell Westbrook, he struggled from the field shooting only 4/15. This led to only 10 points and added seven turnovers.

"We didn't play with enough intensity to match their fire. We adjusted in the second half in the sense that we played harder," Houston head coach Mike D’Antoni shared after the game.

It will be interesting to see how both teams will square off in the succeeding games and if they can take advantage of their mistakes for the rest of the series.

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James (pictured August 18, 2020) voiced solidarity with the boycott in a tweet, writing, "WE DEMAND CHANGE. SICK OF IT Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James (pictured August 18, 2020) voiced solidarity with the boycott in a tweet, writing, "WE DEMAND CHANGE. SICK OF IT" Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Mike Ehrmann