LeBron passes Abdul-Jabbar for No. 2 on playoff scoring list
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) argues with official Danny Crawford during the first half in Game 2 of the team's second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Toronto Raptors, Wednesday, May 3, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Tom Withers, The Associated Press
Published Thursday, May 4, 2017 8:48AM EDT
CLEVELAND -- LeBron James has moved past Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the No. 2 scorer in NBA playoff history.
James entered Wednesday night's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals between Cleveland and Toronto needing 25 points to surpass the inimitable Abdul-Jabbar (5,762 points). The Cavaliers star did so with a 3-pointer with 8:41 left in the third quarter.
Moments later, James got a rousing ovation from the Cleveland crowd when his achievement was shown on the giant scoreboard.
Trying to get to his seventh straight NBA Finals, the 32-year-old James now only trails Michael Jordan, who scored 5,987 points in just 179 post-season games. James has played in 205 playoff games over 14 seasons.
James has been soaring up a variety of scoring lists all season. He's currently seventh on the career scoring list with 28,787 points in the regular season.
Abdul-Jabbar tops the list with 38,387 points during his Hall of Fame career.