After nearly 6,000 postseason points, thousands of made shots and more than 200 playoff games later, Lebron James passed Michael Jordan as the NBA’s all-time playoff scorer.
Coming to the Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night, James was 28 points behind Jordan as the new postseason scoring king.
James took over the crown with a deep 3-pointer from the left wing with 2:40 left in the third quarter of the game. The shot gave him 29 points for the game and 5,989 points for his post season career. Jordan’s mark of 5,987 points was not shattered for 19 years.
Yes, Jordan sets the playoff scoring mark with 179 games while James reached his mark with 212 games but James reached his point totals with a fewer field goal attempts than Jordan.
James finished the game with 35 points, 8 assists and 8 rebounds in the Cavaliers’ 135-102 win over the Boston Celtics, which clinched the third straight finals appearance as a team and James’ seventh straight trip to the NBA finals.
“I’ve always told you guys, anytime I’m linked to any of the greats, even the greatest in Mike, it’s just an honor,” James told reporters Thursday morning. “It’s a tribute to what I’ve been able to do with this game.”
“I’m not a scorer,” James said. “I don’t want to be labeled as a scorer. I can put the ball in the hoop. I’m a playmaker. I’m a player. Put me on the court and I find ways to be successful. So, when you talk about scorers, we have a lot of great scorers in our league. All-time guys who shot a lot of shots and volume shooters and scored the ball at a high clip. I’m not one of those guys. I’m a guy who always got happy and excited seeing my team successful, seeing my individual teammates be successful and that’s how I felt in Game 4 with Kyrie doing what he did,” he added.