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Has LeBron James Ever Lost in the First Round?

Larry Rupp
Taking a look to see if LeBron James has ever lost in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
Taking a look to see if LeBron James has ever lost in the first round of the NBA playoffs. / Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
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The Los Angeles Lakers have put together an up-and-down season, but they continue to be led by a 17-time All-Star in LeBron James. He seems determined to capture another NBA championship.

LeBron James First Round Playoff Record

Here's a look into the playoff history of one of the greatest basketball players of all-time.

Has LeBron Ever Lost in the First Round

James has made the playoffs 14 times in his 18 NBA seasons, but has never lost a first-round series. He has a spotless 14-0 record and has always made it to the Conference Semifinals. In fact, only one of those first round series went to 7 games (2018 vs Indiana Pacers). That is pure dominance.

The four-time NBA MVP will attempt to lead the No. 7 seed Lakers over the No. 2 seed Phoenix Suns and get to a 15-0 record, but finds himself down in the series 0-1. However, that may not be a huge problem given James has won four of the last five series in which he was trailing at some point.

Has LeBron Ever Lost in the First Round of the Playoffs

No, James is a perfect 14-0 in the first round of the NBA Playoffs in his career.

How Many NBA Championships Does LeBron James Have

James has reached the mountaintop and won an NBA Championship four times in his NBA career. He captured his first two titles with the Miami Heat in 2012 & 2013. He then rejoined his hometown team in the Cleveland Cavaliers and won it all back in 2016.

Most recently, James led the Lakers to another championship with a dominating playoff run last season. Only 26 players in NBA history have captured five NBA titles and James will look to join them by leading the Lakers to an unlikely repeat.


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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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