In his 20th year in the league, LeBron James is still the best player on the floor in an NBA Playoff game.
James didn't have his best shooting night and he went radio silent from a scoring perspective in the fourth quarter — until it was his time to deliver.
James didn't score a single point from the 47-second mark in the third quarter until the final seconds of the fourth quarter. Three massive 3-pointers from D'Angelo Russell kept the Lakers in striking distance down the stretch, but the Grizzlies still took a late lead with less than 10 seconds to go.
Defensive Player of the Year Jaren Jackson Jr. had a clutch block that led to a fastbreak behind-the-back dime from Ja Morant to Desmond Bane to put Memphis up 104-102 with 6.1 seconds remaining.
The Lakers, of course, put the ball in LeBron's hands and let one of the greatest players of all time go to work. James drove the lane and finished over Jackson Jr.'s outstretched arm, getting the game-tying layup to fall to force overtime.
LEBRON JAMES TIES IT IN THE FINAL MOMENTS.— NBA (@NBA) April 25, 2023
MEM/LAL HEADING TO OVERTIME ON TNT 🗣 pic.twitter.com/mSagnUs8NM
The clutch bucket helped James extend his lead for the most game-tying or game-winning baskets (10) with under 10 seconds remaining in a playoff game, per Basketball-Reference.
In overtime, James helped the Lakers seal the deal. Leading by three with 30 seconds to play, he once again put his head down and attacked the basket, this time going through the chest of Dillon Brooks to finish an and-one.
He finished with 22 points, 20 rebounds and seven assists, making Lakers history while putting his team up 3-1 in the series — one win away from sending the Grizzlies home.
LeBron James' career-high in rebounds
In the 1,693rd game of his career — including regular season, play-in, and playoffs — James grabbed 20 rebounds in a game for the first time.
He made history on a few different levels in doing so, placing his name alongside all-time greats as we have seen him do so many times throughout his illustrious career.
James became the first Laker to have 20 points and 20 rebounds in a playoff game since Shaquille O'Neal in 2004.
He also joined O'Neal, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Elgin Baylor as the only players in Los Angeles Lakers history to have a 20-20 playoff game.
Lastly, at 38 years and 115 days old, he surpassed Chamberlain (36 years, 262 days) as the oldest player in NBA history to have 20 points and 20 rebounds in a playoff game.
LeBron James (38 years, 115 days old) becomes the oldest player in NBA history to record 20+ points and 20+ rebounds in a Playoff Game.— NBA (@NBA) April 25, 2023
Wilt Chamberlain (36 years, 262 days old) set the previous record on May 10, 1973. #PLAYOFFMODE pic.twitter.com/3FO4jxSuTl
Add it all to the never-ending list of accomplishments for King James.