LeBron James passess Tim Duncan for fifth in the all-time playoff scoring chart

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It is fair to say the Cleveland Cavaliers put on a very impressive show at the Quicken Loans Arena last night. 

In their biggest statement of intent since the 2015-16 season began, the Eastern Conference's number one seed blew away the Atlanta Hawks in game two of their semi-final series with some impressive shooting from three-point land. 

In fact, impressive is an understatement; the Cavs were incredible as they shot themselves into NBA history with 25 made baskets from deep - the highest number ever recorded in a single game. 

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J.R. Smith continued his strong postseason form as he connected on seven attempts from deep, shooting at a 53.8 percent success rate. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love also chipped in with a combined number of seven threes while LeBron James was the other major contributor as he shot 4-of-6 from behind the arc. 

After struggling from downtown in the regular season, it seems LeBron has found his rhythm. 12 points from range contributed to a total of 27 on the night - a game high - as James moved into fifth on the all-time playoff scoring list. 

The forward nailed a three in the second quarter to surpass San Antonio Spurs veteran Tim Duncan in the standings and continue to cement his legacy as one of the greatest performers in playoff history. 

Having played 247 games in the postseason, 40-year-old Duncan has amassed 5146 points. LeBron moved past that and now sits on 5163 through his 184 encounters. 

He is 87 points behind former teammate and recent Hall of Fame addition Shaquille O'Neal, who is fourth on the all-time list having scored 5250 in his 216 games and LeBron should move up to fourth before the season is out. 

He still has some way to go before catching Michael Jordan. The six-time champion with the Chicago Bulls dropped an incredible 5987 playoff points in his 179 games. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5762) and Kobe Bryant (5640) also sit between the King and the G.O.A.T. 


James may have been on the losing side three times in the NBA Finals, but when assessing the stats, he is almost unstoppable when it comes to the playoffs. 

Without Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love last season he single-handedly led the Cleveland Cavaliers to a six-game series with the Golden State Warriors - averaging 30.1 points, 8.5 assists and 11.3 rebounds a game throughout the whole postseason. 

He has begun the playoffs this year in similar fashion as the Cavs have gone 6-0 during their series' with the Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks. He has produced 23.8 points, 6.8 assists and 7.8 rebounds per night and Cleveland are finally beginning to look like the dominant force in the East that people had expected all season. 

LeBron is in playoff mode, for that sole reason, the wine and gold are dangerous. 

Tim Duncan
San Antonio Spurs
Southwest Division
Western Conference
LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Eastern Conference
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