Published: Fri, May 26, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

LeBron James eclipses Michael Jordan as Cleveland Cavaliers destroy the Boston Celtics

LeBron James became the NBA's all-time leading scorer in the playoffs Thursday night, passing Michael Jordan during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against Boston.

Earlier in the playoffs, LeBron passed Kobe Bryant (5,640 points) in Game 3 of a first-round series against the Indiana Pacers and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5,762) in Game 3 of the East semifinals against the Toronto Raptors, leaving only Jordan in his sights with a whole lot of basketball left to play in 2017.

Coming into Thursday, James was averaging 28.2 points in his 211 postseason games. I can put the ball in the hoop.

Yes, Jordan needed fewer games than James (179 to 212).

"The comparison is always going to be there, they're always going to continue to talk about it, but just showing that you're able to pass Michael Jordan, on this kind of stage and in a playoff magnitude, just means LeBron's been doing a lot of winning", Lue said. "You put me on the court, and I'll find ways to be successful".

In the history of the NBA Playoffs, nobody has ever scored more points than LeBron James.

James passed Kareem for second on the playoff minutes list in Game 4 of the conference finals and eclipsed Jordan for second on the playoff steals ledger in Game 2.

James also described his pursuit of Jordan's impeccable legacy in the sport as a "personal goal of mine" on Thursday.

"It's never talked about (in the) National Football League, who's the greatest quarterback".

"I'll take LeBron James, absolutely", Laimbeer said to Etan Thomas on The Rematch podcast (h/t Marlowe Alter of the Detroit Free Press, via USA Today).

He also said he believes that the greatness conversation is discussed more often in the National Basketball Association than in other sports. It's just like: (Dan) Marino, (John) Elway, (Peyton) Manning and (Tom) Brady.

James is a different kind of scorer. We go out and just try to be as great as we can be every night.

James is seventh in National Basketball Association history in scoring during the regular season with 28,787 points; Jordan is fourth with 32,292 points.

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