By the end of this season, LeBron James will likely be sitting alone as the NBA’s all-time playoffs scoring leader. For now, he will have some catching up to do.
James took another step closer to the top of the mountain in Game 2 against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night. On his fourth made 3-pointer and 27th point of the night, he surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5,762 points) for second on the all-time playoff scoring list.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) May 4, 2017
With this bucket, LeBron James moves past Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for No. 2 on NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list! pic.twitter.com/dIBKtJa24s
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 4, 2017
LeBron finished Game 2 with 39 points on 10-for-14 shooting from the field and 15-for-21 shooting from the stripe, along with six rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks. It was a tour de force performance from The King which showed the Cavaliers have flipped the switch this postseason.
The only person left for James to pass is Michael Jordan, of course, who tallied 5,987 career postseason points on his way to a perfect six-for-six Finals record. LeBron trails Jordan by just 210 points, and even if the Warriors were to sweep the Cavs in the NBA Finals, The King would have 10 more playoff games to score 225 points.
He needs to average just 21.0 points per game for the remainder of the postseason, then, to surpass His Airness; LeBron averages 33.2 points per game for his career in the playoffs.
At this point, consider this done.