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Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James breaks Jordan’s NBA record vs Boston Celtics

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has moved past Hall of Famer and NBA legend Michael Jordan as the leading scorer in the league’s playoff history during the Eastern Conference finals game against Boston Celtics on Thursday.

other sports Updated: May 26, 2017 09:49 IST
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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) attempts a layup against the Boston Celtics during the third quarter of game five of the Eastern conference finals of the NBA playoffs at the TD Garden in Boston(Reuters)

Cleveland superstar LeBron James surpassed NBA icon Michael Jordan as the league’s all-time playoff scoring leader on Thursday in the Cavaliers’ Eastern Conference finals game against the Celtics in Boston.

LeBron James, who entered Game Five of the Eastern Conference final against the host Boston Celtics needed 28 points to surpass Jordan (5,987 points). He reached the milestone late in the third quarter.

With a three-pointer in the third, LeBron James, 32, took his total of playoff points to 5,989 -- two more than Jordan’s 5,987.

Jordan is now second on the list, ahead of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5,762), Kobe Bryant (5,640) and Shaquille O’Neal (5,250).

Jordan, who led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles in the 1990s, played 179 post-season games in his career.

James moves past him to the top of the list in his 212th career playoff game.

The 32-year-old James is seeking a fourth NBA title.

First Published: May 26, 2017 08:37 IST