Custom Search 1

LeBron James officially surpasses Michael Jordan


CLEVELAND CAVALIERS player LeBron James has passed Michael Jordan for first place on the all-time playoffs scoring list with a 3-pointer from the left wing with 2:40 left in the third quarter of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday (May 25).

The shot gave James 29 points for the game and 5,989 points for his postseason career, which edged him past Jordan's mark of 5,987.

James finished with 35 points in the Cavaliers' 135-102 win over the Boston Celtics.

Jordan's record stood for 20 years, as he scored his last playoff points in the Chicago Bulls' Game 6 win over the Utah Jazz in the 1998 NBA Finals.

After the game at the TD Garden James paid homage to Jordan, saying: “I wear the number [23] because of Mike.

“I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike, seeing what he was able to accomplish.

“When you’re growing up and seeing Michael Jordan, it’s almost like a God.

“I didn’t ever believe I could be Mike. I started to focus myself on other players and other people around my neighbourhood.

“I never thought I could get to a point where Mike was. I think that helped shape my game.”

While Bron needed more games to reach the total points at 212 compared to Jordan’s 179, he did so at a younger age and on fewer shots.

Watch a clip of the history-making moment below:

Read every story in our hardcopy newspaper for free by downloading the app.

Facebook Comments