LeBron James surpasses Kobe Bryant on two different NBA playoff record lists – Sporting News

LeBron James keeps inching up the NBA career records list, and he passed another former NBA great not once, but twice, in two different categories Thursday night.

In the second quarter of the Cavs’ Game 3 against the Pacers, James hit a jumper in the lane to pass Kobe Bryant (5,640 career playoff points) for third on the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list. James seems a good bet to pass the No. 2 playoff scorer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5,762 points) in another few games. And if the Cavs make it to the Eastern Conference Finals, he would almost certainly top the No. 1 man on the list, Michael Jordan, who finished with 5,987 points.

James wasn’t done with Bryant.

In the third quarter, as the Cavs cut into a 25-point Pacers lead, James hit his 293rd career playoff 3-pointer to pass Bryant for fourth on the all-time playoff list. Next on the list is Manu Ginobili, who finished with 309 3-pointers. Ray Allen heads that list with 385 3-pointers, followed by Reggie Miller (320).

In honor of James moving past Bryant on the scoring list, the NBA compiled a nice highlight video of the two greats’ playoff highlights.

The only numbers James really cared about Thursday night were these: 116-111, the final score as the Cavs overcame that huge halftime deficit to take a 3-0 lead in the series. He finished with 41 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists.

LeBron James surpasses Kobe Bryant on two different NBA playoff record lists – Sporting News

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