While it’s easy to talk the talk and say you want to be the greatest there ever was, walking the walk is a lot harder. It is safe to say LeBron James is the latter.
Having surpassed Larry Bird for eighth on the all-time Playoffs scoring list in the first round of the post season, King James has continued to his assault on the history books, surpassing Michael Jordan in the number of post season games with at least 25points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
James notched his 74th game with such numbers and it shouldn’t really be much of a surprise. He is probably the only player since Magic Johnson who could truly play each and every one of the five NBA positions - From point guard, all the way to the center position and his stats support that.
For his career, LeBron averages 27.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game. He is able to maintains such those great numbers despite the pressure of the championship period with a 28.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 6.6 assists stat-line for his career.
Former Golden State Warriors coach and ESPN TV’s Mark Jackson dubbed him the “Greatest Small Forward in the history of the game,” which is incredibly high praise considering all the greats that have come before him i.e. Julius Erving, Dominique Wilkins and Larry Bird. But when you see the four-time MVP continue to break records at such a furious pace, it’s hard to argue against it.
And speaking of Bird, the Hall-of-Famer is third on the list for such games but he now trails James by 21 games and he is still only 29 years-old.
More importantly though, Miami took a step closer to being the first team since the 1984-87 Boston Celtics to make it to four straight NBA Finals, and be the first to win three straight titles since the Lakers achieved the feat in ’02, after taking a commanding 3-1 series lead thanks to a 102-90 win.
LeBron led the way with a 32 points, 10 rebounds in addition to recording 5 assists. Dwyane Wade struggled somewhat with his series low 15 points but Chris Bosh had his best offensive game of the series with 25points, just two shy of his total from the first two games.
On another historic note: Ray Allen passed the great Bill Russell for the 30th spot on the all-time Playoff scoring list thanks to his nine points in the win, taking his tally to 2682 points .
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