Lakers J.R. Smith Surpasses Kobe Bryant In All-Time Three-Pointers in NBA Playoffs

Published 09/19/2020, 2:07 PM EDT
Sep 18, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) and guard JR Smith (21) shake hands during the fourth quarter in game one of the Western Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs against the Denver Nuggets at AdventHealth Arena. The Los Angeles Lakers won 126-114. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers have been outshining every team throughout the series thanks to their consistency. Every player on the team is playing his part as desired and contributing in the best way possible.

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After an entire decade, the Lakers have made it to the Western Conference Finals and they aren’t going to take any team lightly because of what’s at stake. During Game 1 against the Denver Nuggets, the Lakers destroyed them, ending with a 126-114 score.

However, that’s not the only cause for celebration. The Lakers’ small forward crossed Kobe Bryant in the all-time playoff triples made.

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 J. R. Smith achieves milestone by crossing Kobe Bryant

This did not come as a surprise because, in Game 4 against the Portland Trail Blazers, Smith first tied with the Legend in all-time three-pointers made in the Playoffs.

Smith achieved his 292nd three-pointer, coming at par with Kobe. And now, with the Playoffs en route, that day was not far when he would surpass Kobe.

By the time the game entered the fourth quarter, the Nuggets were done for. It was time to bring off players from the bench and that’s when J. R. Smith stepped in. He played only 4 minutes in total, but his single three-pointer was enough to transcend the legend’s score.

He now stands 9th on the scoreboard of all-time triples made in the Playoffs.

Have a look at the historic moment:

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Are the Lakers moving towards a championship trophy?

The way the Lakers have battled out every round, it’s impossible to not consider them as this season’s champions. Anthony Davis dominated the offense in this game by scoring 37 points,10 rebounds, and 4 assists. If the Nuggets want to stay alive in the remaining series, they need to find solutions to contain him.

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Dwight Howard’s defense was phenomenal, and him manning Nikola Jokic was the best decision. Jokic and Jamal Murray are the two key players of the Nuggets. They’re the only ones who are holding the fort, but they faced some foul trouble in this game.

This is where the Lakers proved to be more deserving because all of their players played tremendously well. Jokic and Murray won’t be able to hold out very long.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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