Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James passed Michael Jordan for first place on the all-time playoff scoring list with a 3-pointer from the left wing with 2:40 left in the third quarter of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday. LeBron needed 28 points to reach the milestone, and it didn't take him long to get going, as he scored 11 points in the first quarter, going a ideal 5-5 from the field.
His Airness still owns the all-time playoff points per game record at 33.45; James is fifth (28.25), trailing Allen Iverson (29.73), Jerry West (29.13), and Kevin Durant (28.44).
There is one asterisk - the first round of the playoffs was best-of-five for Jordan's entire career, while the opening round has been best-of-seven during James' run.
"It has nothing to do with passing the rings, passing the points, passing MVPs", James said. Thursday marked James' 212th playoff game, and he is closing in on 9,000 playoff minutes in his 14th season. I can put the ball in the hoop but I'm a playmaker. "It is just my personal goal to keep me motivated and that's all".
"You guys are going to have the conversations about who is greatest of all time and things of that nature", James said. At the end of the day, it's so amusing that the conversation is always talked about in the National Basketball Association about who is the greatest but it's never talked about in the NFL about who is the greatest quarterback.
"I'm not a scorer", James said.
"It's never talked about (in the) National Football League, who's the greatest quarterback". It's just like (Dan) Marino, (John) Elway, (Peyton) Manning, (Tom) Brady - all great quarterbacks. "We go out and just try to be as great as we can be every night". "I'm not a scorer and I don't want to be labeled as a scorer".