Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James added a huge milestone to his legacy and responded to his haters once again during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics. LeBron surpassed Michael Jordan and became the leading NBA playoff scorer of all time, with a total of 5,995 points (as of May 27) compared to MJ’s 5,987. Many people believe that this is the final proof needed to show that LeBron belongs in at least the top three greatest players of all time.
LeBron’s record-breaking shot came during the third quarter with the Cavaliers up a total of 27 points. When James was left wide open after receiving a bounce pass, he quickly pulled up and knocked down a three. There were scattered cheers from TD Garden; most Celtics fans were too fixated on winning the game at hand to realize what had just occurred. LeBron and the Cavaliers went on to score a rousing victory over Boston, defeating them 135-102.
The record-breaking shot. LeBron James passes Michael Jordan for first all-time on the postseason scoring list. pic.twitter.com/S5SErUVWKg
— Taylor C. Snow (@taylorcsnow) May 26, 2017
While most people have looked at this milestone as LeBron cementing himself among the greats, there is always two sides to a coin. Many of his detractors called upon the overall number of postseason games LeBron has played compared to Jordan as a reason for why his new record wasn’t valid:
Career playoff games:
LeBron James 211
Michael Jordan 179
Both are awesome, but let’s give the career postseason scoring record context.
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) May 26, 2017
Only took Lebron 32 extra games to pass Jordan on all time postseason scoring list. Yeah, younger generation, he the greatest! 🙄 pic.twitter.com/KyrxH9Ce7c
— Jamey Hager (@JameyHager) May 26, 2017
Took LeBron 211 postseason games to pass Jordan’s scoring record which he set in 179. Not even close to a comparison #HisAirness
— John Olson (@CheannyBoy) May 26, 2017
LeBron will be leading his Cavaliers into the NBA Finals after playing at an almost extraterrestrial level in the playoffs this season. He has scored 32.5 points per game to go along with eight rebounds and seven assists.
While he is surrounded by a team of stars, LeBron’s level of play has put him on the moon. If he can keep this level of play up, the Cavaliers will be able to put up a fight against the Warriors and possibly come away with another title, which would be just another trophy to add to LeBron’s already fabled legacy.