LeBron James breaks Michael Jordan's playoff scoring record

Ross Houston
May 26, 2017

With a 3-pointer during the third quarter of Thursday' Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James notched his 5,988th career postseason point, passing Micahel Jordan for No. 1 on the NBA's all-time list.

He reached the milestone in style late in the third quarter with a three-point jump shot that hit nothing but net. With each thunderous performance he adds, and this postseason has been full of them as the Cavs coasted into a rematch with the Golden State Warriors at 12-1, he draws ever closer to his idol.

James will look to increase the gap between himself and Jordan in Playoff points as he makes his way to his seventh straight NBA Finals, becoming the first non-Celtic player in league history to do so along with his current teammate, James Jones.


The 32-year-old James, who is seeking a fourth National Basketball Association title, took 212 postseason games to surpass Jordan, a six-time champion who played 179 playoff games.

"It's just a personal goal of mine", James said to ESPN.

A number of James' points have come against the legendary Celtics franchise.


James promptly knocked down two more three-pointers before the end of the third period. In Game 4, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and James combined to score or assist 103 points. He entered Thursday averaging 32.3 points per game this postseason, which would serve as the second-best of his 14-year career. "We go out and just try to be as great as we can be every night".

Irving did more of his dancing and general trickery, recording 24 points and 7 assists. This night was as much about him as he would allow.

This was yet another in a long line of impressive moments.


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