LeBron James moves past Shaq in record books in game two win

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The Cleveland Cavaliers had plenty of reasons to celebrate on Tuesday night, after a 108-89 win over the Toronto Raptors saw them take a commanding 2-0 series lead over their Eastern Conference Finals opponents.

Their talismanic star, LeBron James, also had reason for a little personal celebration of his own in the aftermath of what was another impressive performance.

That's because, in adding 23 points to his 11 rebounds and 11 assists at the Quicken Loans Arena last night, the four-time MVP moved past another great, Shaquille O'Neal, on the all-time postseason scoring list.

Having begun the game 18 points behind Shaq on the all-time list with 5,232 playoff points to his name, James surpassed his former teammate with just over eight minutes remaining in the third quarter.  

The 31-year-old now has 5,255 career playoff points and, while it took Shaq 216 postseason games to reach his impressive 5,250 total, James has surpassed him after just 188 playoff outings.

Judging by the way he and the Cavs are performing right now, you wouldn't bet against him adding at least a century more points before the 2016 postseason comes to a close, either.

"To be in this position today where I see my name linked to a lot of the greats that play this game and paved the way for myself, Kyrie [Irving] and Kevin [Love], it means a lot. It is very humbling," 

"It is an opportunity for my family and fans to be proud. Just a lot of respect with that."

The only three players who now have more playoff points than James are; Kobe Bryant (5,640), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5,762) and Michael Jordan (5,987).

In registering the 15th triple-double of his postseason career, the two-time NBA champion also moved closer to surpassing another modern great in a different all-time list.

As noted by ESPN, after handing out 11 assists on Tuesday night, James needs just three more dishes to move past Jason Kidd and into third place on the all-time playoff assist list. 

As things stand, the Cavs star has 1,261 compared to Kidd's 1,263. Magic Johnson is some way out in front in that chart, however, with 2,346.

Although James will take great pride in moving past fellow legends on the game in the statistical rankings, it will all pale into insignificance if he can end his home-state franchise's wait for an NBA Championship.

With the Cavaliers a perfect 10-0 so far this postseason, and LeBron and his teammates in a near perfect rhythm right now, there is an increasing belief across the league that 2016 really could be the year it happens.

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