By Daryl Ruiter | 92.3 The Fan

CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – LeBron James continues to rise up the playoff rankings, padding what is already a Hall of Fame resume and only 1 stands in his way of being the league’s all-time scorer in the playoffs: Michael Jordan.

Jordan scored 5,987 points in the playoffs and there’s a chance that James could pass him this post season.

James passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5,762 points) for second place on the all-time playoff scoring list when he hit a 3 – his fourth of the night – at the 8:43 mark of the third quarter to put the Cavs up 75-57 and give him 27 points at the time Wednesday night.

“You hear a name like Kareem, a guy who’s done so many great things, not only as an individual but as a teammate, winning championships in the 80s and things of that nature and how many points he’s put up, he’s somebody you read about,” James said. “I didn’t get an opportunity to actually watch him play growing up, but I just read about his accomplishments and things he was able to do, so, it’s pretty cool.”

James, who entered the game needing 25 points to hit the milestone, finished with 39 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists, and with the Cavs leading 113-85, he got the rest of the night off with 6:09 remaining.

Cleveland took a 2-0 series lead with a 125-103 victory.

Abdul-Jabbar played in 237 playoff games while James has now played in 205 career playoff games. James now has 5,777 points and trails Jordan by 210 points for the all-time record.

James became the fourth player in NBA history to hit at least 300 playoff threes, joining Ray Allen, Reggie Miller and Manu Ginobli with a make in the first half of Game 2 against Toronto.

“It was always my dream as a kid to be a part of this league and once I seen that gift, and once I seen I had mentors around me that was going to allow my gift to flourish, I didn’t take it for granted,” James said. “I still don’t. Even at 32. I’ve been in this league for 14 years. I don’t take the opportunity for granted.”

James also passed Kobe Bryant with his 89th 30-point game in the playoffs, ranking him second all-time.

What James has done in the playoffs since returning to Cleveland is incredible. The Cavs are 36-11 in the playoffs and 22-5 since the start of their 2016 NBA championship run, including winning their last 9 games.

Here’s a list of all-time post-season leader-boards, and where LeBron sits:


1. Michael Jordan 5,987
2. LeBron James 5,777
3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 5,762


1. Magic Johnson 2,346
2. John Stockton 1,839
3. LeBron James 1,392


1. Bill Russell 4,104
2. Wilt Chamberlain 3,913
3. Tim Duncan 2,859
4. Shaquille O’Neal 2,508
5. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 2,481
6. Karl Malone 2,062
7. LeBron James 1,813

Minutes Played (LeBron could top the list by end of postseason)

1. Tim Duncan 9,370
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 8,851
3. Kobe Bryant 8,641
4. LeBron James 8,636

Games Played

1. Derek Fisher 259
2. Tim Duncan 251
3. Robert Horry 244
4. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 237
5. Tony Parker 221
6. Kobe Bryant 220
7. Shaquille O’Neal 216
8. Scottie Pippen 208
9. LeBron James 205

Steals (LeBron should pass Jordan this year)

1. Scottie Pippen 395
2. Michael Jordan 376
3. LeBron James 370

3-Point FG Made

1. Ray Allen 385
2. Reggie Miller 320
3. Manu Ginobili 312
4. LeBron James 302


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