Cleveland Cavaliers star forward LeBron James passed Jason Kidd for third place on the NBA's all-time postseason assists list with 1,264, via SportsCenter, during Saturday night's Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Toronto Raptors:
In 11 trips to the playoffs, James had averaged 6.7 helpers per game entering Saturday night, where he needed just three to move past Kidd. He finished the night with five, moving him to 1,266 total.
James moved past Kidd in the third quarter, assisting on J.R. Smith's three-pointer that cut the Cavaliers' deficit to nine.
While Kidd made 17 trips to the postseason throughout his career, he played in just 158 games. He led the league in assists per game four times and total assists three times during his time with the Phoenix Suns, New Jersey Nets and Dallas Mavericks.
He won his only championship of a 19-year career with the Mavericks in 2011 over James and the Miami Heat.
James, on the other hand, started his 189th postseason game on Saturday night despite six fewer playoff appearances than Kidd. He also led the league in total assists three times: twice with the Cavaliers, including last season's run to the NBA Finals, and once with the Heat.
This has been a busy postseason for James in terms of passing some NBA greats on the record charts. In the second round, he passed San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan for fifth on the league's all-time postseason scoring list in the second round against the Atlanta Hawks.
On Thursday in Game 2 against the Raptors, he passed former teammate Shaquille O'Neal for fourth place.
However, his accomplishment was overshadowed by Cleveland's first loss of the postseason, a 99-84 defeat on Saturday night. The Cavaliers' series lead has now been trimmed to 2-1 with Game 4 in Toronto coming up on Monday night. So it's doubtful James will find much solace in moving past one of the NBA's great point guards in postseason assists when there's a trip to the NBA Finals on the line.
Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.