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LeBron passes Michael Jordan as NBA leading scorer

LeBron passes Michael Jordan as NBA leading scorer

With a three-point basket in the third quarter of the fifth game against Boston in the Eastern Conference final, LeBron James made history by beating the legendary Michael Jordan to become the leading scorer in NBA playoff history. .
James scored 35 points to lead the champions Cleveland Cavaliers’ 135-102 victory over the Celtics, which secured him a pass to a third consecutive NBA Finals against the Western champions Golden State Warriors.
Just with 2:40 left in the third quarter, LeBron rose to make a clean shot that gave him 29 points in the game and 5,989 of his career in the postseason, surpassing Jordan’s 5,987 mark.
“I enjoy this moment, and I am grateful to God for having achieved this mark,” said James at the end of the game on the Boston court, where he received applause from the public for his performance.
“They have been hard years of work, but now we must focus on Warriors,” he added.
When he managed to break the record, his teammates on the bench rose to applaud him, as well as much of the Boston public.
James entered the game needing 28 points to pass Jordan, who guided the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles in the 1990s.
Jordan needed 179 postseason games to achieve his record of 5,897 points scored, while James achieved the record in 212 playoff games.
Jordan held the record for 20 years, since his last win with the Chicago Bulls in Game 6 over the Utah Jazz in the 1998 Final.
At 32, LeBron could break other playoff records, ranking in the top 10 in rebounding (7th) and steals (2nd). AFP

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