LeBron James is now only “chasing the ghost” of Michael Jordan, after surpassing a legend this week in all-time playoff points.
On Wednesday night (May 3), King James passed the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5,762 points) for second place on the all-time postseason scoring list, after a 25-point performance in the Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals between his Cavs and the Raptors.
According to ESPN, he passed Kareem in his 205th career playoff game, while Abdul-Jabbar played in 237. However, James plays in a different playoff format, with the first round having expanded to a best-of-seven series in 2003.
Now, as he sits in second place on the list, only Jordan is ahead of him, with 5,987 points. It’s possible James could pass the G.O.A.T., if he makes it all the way to his third straight Finals and plays at the same level.
This postseason, James is averaging 33.2 points, 9.8 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 1.8 blocks and 2.6 steals per game. That’s up from his regular-season, where he averaged 26.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, 8.7 assists, 0.6 blocks and 1.2 steals per game.
As for the all-time points list (during the regular season), James is seventh, with 28,787 points. Abdul-Jabbar is first in regular-season scoring with 38,387 points.
Aside from points, James has also become the fourth player in NBA playoff history with 300 made 3-pointers — joining Ray Allen (385), Reggie Miller (320) and Manu Ginobili (312).
He’s also third in playoff assists, trailing only Magic Johnson and John Stockton And, ranks third in playoff steals, trailing Scottie Pippen and Jordan.