LeBron James passes Kareem on all-time NBA playoff scoring list

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Another game, another dominant performance and another record broken for LeBron James.

Leading his team to a blowout 125-103 victory of Game 2 in their second-round series against the Toronto Raptors, James had 39 points on 10-of-14 shooting, including 4-of-6 from three-point range.

He also added six rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks in 37 minutes.

Most importantly, King James etched his way once again into the record books, passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s mark of 5,762 playoff points with his 25th of the night to move into second-place in NBA history.

Only Michael Jordan’s 5,987 playoff points stands ahead of James, who presumably will shatter that mark by the time his career is over. He might even pass Jordan this postseason if the Cavs are challenged at all in any extended series. 

After the game, LeBron reflected on what passing the NBA great meant to him. As you can see, he seemed to be very humbled by the feat:

Now 14 seasons into his NBA career, James ranks seventh in regular-season scoring with 28,787 points. He still ranks well behind Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time leading mark of 38,387 points.

When asked to reflect on the significance of James’ playoff point total before Game 2, Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue didn’t hide his admiration towards the best player in the universe. 

"I mean, it proves that you're a winner," Lue said. "Proves that you're always in the playoffs and you're always giving your team a chance or an opportunity to win, so. The more points you have in the playoffs, the further you've been and the more times you've been to the playoffs, so it's a great achievement.”

With the 39-point effort, he also passed Kobe Bryant’s mark of 88 different 30-plus point games to move into second place in NBA history in that regard.

He also ranks just behind Bryant in the most points per game in a 6-0 start in postseason history.

James currently ranks third in playoff assists behind Magic Johnson and John Stockton and third in playoff steals, behind just Jordan and Scottie Pippin. 

In the Game 2 win, he also joined three other legendary players as the only players in the history of the Association with 300 made three-pointers.

As you might expect, the Raptors are in a bit of trouble. When up 2-0 in the playoffs, LeBron has never lost.

Game 3 will take place on Friday in Toronto at the Air Canada Center. The Raptors will have to try something new to attempt to limit James, or else their season might be over after a quick sweep.

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