The accolades just keep coming for one LeBron James.
The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar scored point No. 5,641 in Thursday’s Game 3 against the Indiana Pacers. That mark moves him up to third place all time in the NBA’s playoff scoring list, allowing James to surpass fellow icon Kobe Bryant. James did so in 18 fewer games than Bryant did during his illustrious career.
LeBron James (5,641 points) has passed Kobe Bryant (5,640) for 3rd on the NBA's all-time playoff scoring list. Did it in 18 fewer games too.
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) April 20, 2017
James also took hold of the No. 7 spot for most rebounds in playoff history, surpassing Wes Unseld with 1,778 rebounds.
The longtime face of the NBA is coming off one of the best statistical seasons of his Hall of Fame-bound career. James averaged 26.4 points per game with the Cavs during the regular season, seeing his accuracy increase in both 2- and 3-point shots. He led the Cavs to a second-place finish in the Eastern Conference, finishing just two games back of Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics.
Despite his numbers this season, James will likely be on the outside looking in for the NBA’s MVP award. He, along with Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs, were generally cast aside as Russell Westbrook and James Harden took hold of the MVP discussion in the late stretch of the season.
The Cavs currently hold a 2-0 series lead on the Pacers heading into Thursday’s Game 3 matchup. Cleveland edged the Pacers in Game 1, 109-108, and did so again in Game 2, 117-111.
James led both teams in points during Game 1 with 32, and was third for the Cleveland lead behind Kyrie Irving (37 points) and Kevin Love (27) with 25 of his own.