Records were being made all over the place Friday as the Cleveland Cavaliers jumped out to a 72-31 halftime lead over the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, and LeBron James added to the list in the third quarter.
As James recorded his fourth steal of the game, he passed Michael Jordan for sole possession of No. 2 on the all-time postseason steals list by notching No. 377 on his career. Only Scottie Pippen (395) has more steals in NBA postseason history. On Friday, James passed Pippen for sole possession of No. 9 for most NBA postseason games played at 209.
With his 4th steal, LeBron James has passed Michael Jordan for the 2nd-most in NBA playoff history
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 20, 2017
James has averaged more than a steal per game during his 14 NBA seasons, with his career high of 2.2 per game in the 2004-05 season with the Cavaliers. He had two steals in the Cavaliers’ Game 1 win over the Celtics, along with 38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
James reached the 30-point mark in Game 2 as well, and his four steals were the most since Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Indiana Pacers. He had two games of at least four steals in the series against the Pacers.
Entering Friday’s game, James was averaging 2.1 steals this postseason. He averaged a career-high 2.3 steals per game in last season’s playoffs, as the Cavaliers won the NBA Finals over the Golden State Warriors.
James has his fingerprint all over NBA postseason records. His 5,885 postseason points entering Friday were second only to Jordan, who scored 5,987 career postseason points, and his 1,839 career postseason rebounds were seventh-most all time.