CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James passed former Milwaukee Bucks/Los Angeles Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for second place on the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list.
Needing 25 points to pass the Hall of Fame center, who scored 5,762 points in 237 career postseason games, James scored 27 in the first 27-plus minutes of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena Wednesday night.
Now, James trails only Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan for the most points scored in NBA Playoffs history. Jordan scored 5,987 points in just 179 playoff games with the Bulls.
In 12 trips to the NBA Playoffs over his 14-year career, James passed Abdul-Jabbar in just 205 games.
On his way to the 27 points, James converted nine of his 12 looks at the basket, including four three-pointers, and a five-for-nine showing from the free-throw line. James added two assists, five rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot through the early part of the third quarter.
During the first quarter of Game 2, James was patient on the offensive end, letting his teammates get involved in the act, but after scoring just four points in the opening period, he found his shooting rhythm midway through the second quarter.
Out of a timeout, James hustled toward the hoop and got a layup attempt to fall. Then, after splitting four free throws, James buried a pull-up three-pointer from the right wing. On the next trip down the floor, James took advantage of the space given up by Raptors center Serge Ibaka and knocked down his second straight triple, which put the Cavaliers up by 14, 49-35, with 7:28 to play in the half.
In addition to James’ scoring prowess in the postseason, he ranks fourth in three-pointers made, seventh in rebounds and third in steals in NBA Playoffs history.