LeBron James achieved yet another significant statistical milestone in his incredible season on Thursday night during the Cavs epic comeback win over the Wizards.
James' 33 point haul tied Kareem Abdul Jabbar for the fifth most 30 point games in NBA history. 13 of those points came in an incredible fourth quarter comeback that saw Cleveland erase a 17-point deficit to record a 119-115 victory.
The Cavs trailed 104-87 with 7:35 left on the clock before James took over and completed one of the best comeback wins of his career. The four-time MVP also added 14 assists and nine boards in Tyronn Lue's first game back after missing time for health reasons.
According to ESPN, the 16 point hole that Cleveland climbed out of over the final six minutes of the game is the largest comeback by any of James' teams over his 15 year career.
James' influence on the game cannot be understated, and the Cavs will power to fight back from a seemingly lost game bodes well for their postseason push. The win was their eighth straight at the Q and some offensive cohesion is returning with Kevin Love finding his way back to form after his time out.
It seems like playoff LeBron is starting to emerge, and that's bad news for the rest of the Eastern conference. Cleveland faces a tough, and important matchup in terms of playoff seeding, against the high flying Sixers on Friday.
As for the personal significance of the performance for James', he now sits in fifth place all time in 30 point games with 429, tied with Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul Jabbar.
James could well pass Karl Malone (435) for third all time in the coming weeks, but chasing down Wilt Chamberlain (515) in second, and Michael Jordan (562) atop the standings might take a few years yet.
The achievement is the 33-year-old's third historically significant record in the space of a week.
Just seven days ago, James surpassed Jordan's record of scoring 10 points or more in 865 consecutive games.
Earlier this week, the three-time finals MVP recorded his 942nd 20-point game to pass Kobe Bryant for third on that all-time list. Additionally, James became just the seventh player in history to record 30,000 career points back in January.
And now, he's just added to his growing list of incredible statistical achievements in the game.
The records will undoubtedly continue to fall as James breaks new ground on what is possible this late into a career.
In his 15th season in the league, the 14-time All Star has played in all 79 of the Cavs’ games, averaging 27.5 points on 54.3 percent shooting from the field (36.4 percent from three-point range), a career high 9.2 assists, and 8.7 rebounds.
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