LeBron James tops Michael Jordan as all-time playoffs scoring leader

James finished with 35 points in the Cavaliers' 135-102 win over the Boston Celtics, clinching the third straight conference title for the Cavs and James' seventh straight trip to the NBA Finals.

In the history of the NBA Playoffs, nobody has ever scored more points than LeBron James.

― Reuters picLOS ANGELES, May 26 ― Cleveland superstar LeBron James surpassed National Basketball Association icon Michael Jordan as the league's all-time playoff scoring leader yesterday in the Cavaliers' Eastern Conference finals victory over the Celtics in Boston.

Before Thursday's game, James said it's always been a goal of his to pass Jordan on the all-time postseason scoring list, but that did not have anything to do with the debate over who's the NBA's best player of all-time. "When you're growing up and you're seeing Michael Jordan, it's nearly like a god". He already has nearly 2,000 more career playoff points than the next-closest active player, Tony Parker (4,012), so it will be a long time before anyone thinks about knocking James off the top of that list. Thursday marked James' 212th playoff game, and he is closing in on 9,000 playoff minutes in his 14th season.

James needed 28 points to surpass Jordan (5,987 points), as he entered Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics and reached the milestone in style late in the third quarter with a three-point jump shot.

James and the Cavaliers will take on the Warriors in Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals on June 1.

James continued to downplay how passing the record would affect that debate.

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