LeBron James surpassed Michael Jordan to become the highest points scorer in NBA play-off history as the Cleveland Cavaliers reached the finals for a third successive year.
James scored 35 points in the series-clinching victory against the Boston Celtics to reach 5,995 points, taking him past the previous mark of 5,987 set by basketball great Jordan.
James’ efforts helped Cleveland to a 135-102 victory in Boston that clinched the Eastern Conference.
The 32-year-old paid tribute to Jordan after taking his spot at the top of the rankings, offering a reminder of why he chooses to don the number 23 jersey – also the Chicago Bulls Legend’s preference in his playing days.
James told a press conference, posted by NBA TV on Twitter: “I wear the number because of Mike. I fell in love with the game because of Mike. When you’re growing up and you see Michael Jordan it’s almost like a god. So I’d never believed I could beat Mike.
LeBron gets some company on the podium! pic.twitter.com/NQLGPxAhGQ
— NBA (@NBA) May 26, 2017
“The biggest thing for me sitting here today after breaking the record is that I did it just being me.”
Culled from The Independent