LeBron James was the main reason why the Cleveland Cavaliers was able to tie their Eastern Conference Finals series last night against the Boston Celtics. As well as this, midway through the second quarter of the game, the Cavs icon broke an NBA playoff record.
The Cavaliers defeated the Celtics 111-102 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Monday night to keep their playoff hopes alive this year. James finished the night with 44 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a new place in the NBA record books.
The Cavs icon shot 17-of-28 from the field on the night, and midway through the second quarter, a jumper allowed him to pass Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most made field goals in NBA playoff history.
James, who now has 2,368 field goals, spoke to ESPN after the game about surpassing Abdul-Jabbar's mark where he said he was honoured to have passed his record of 2,356 field goals made last night
The four-time MVP winner said: "To know where I come from, small city 35 miles south of here, and to hear I'm in the same category or talked about and jumping these greats in the playoffs -- it's pretty cool. You hear the scoring, the field goals made, and for a kid that really doesn't care much about scoring."
James also recognised the importance for the Cavaliers to step up their game and close out the Eastern Conference Finals series against the Celtics over these next two games after originally going 2-0 down at the start before Game 3 and 4.
"We know it's going to be a hostile environment. We know their fans are going to be very energetic. But we have to just have our same mindset we had when we came home for these two games. If our minds are there, we put ourselves in a position to be victorious."
Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Cavaliers and the Celtics is set to take place on Wednesday night at the TD Garden in Boston.
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