LeBron James surpassed Shaquille O’Neal to become the fourth ranked scorer in the history of NBA playoffs during game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. 31-year-old James also looks all-set to pursue Michael Jordan’s record of best scorer of the post-season. Jordan has posted a staggering 5987 points in only 178 post season games, a record which still appears to be unbreakable too many experts.
LBJ hailed Shaq as the most dominant player he has ever seen after leapfrogging his tally of 5250 points.
“I admired what he was able to do out on the floor by pure force and dominance, his ability to play at that speed, to have that size and to carry that type of force that he had” revealed James about one-time team-mate O’Neal’s greatness.
LBJ received a hug and pat on the shoulder from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar after his phenomenal feat. James who required 19 points to notch up the record, returned with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists including his career’s 15th triple double in the playoffs in the Cavs‘ 108-89 win over the Raptors in game 2.
More records await LBJ, as he moved closer to Jason Kidd (1,263), for becoming third in the list in terms of all-time post season assists. The Cavs star is only three assists shy of this record.
“It always takes me back to my childhood and watching so many greats play the game of basketball and saying that I wish I could be a part of that,” James said, reflecting on how far he has come. “Or at times saying there was no way I could be a part of such a great league, no way.”
Apart from top-scorer Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5,762) and Kobe Bryant (5640) are also ahead of James in terms of playoff scores. James was thrilled to see Abdul-Jabbar waiting for him on his way to the Cavs‘ locker room after the game, according to the ESPN.
“Obviously I saw a legend outside of our locker room and I slowed my pace up drastically [while running off the floor],” James said. “Just to embrace a legend being in our building, watching us play. What he did for the game, the championship runs that he had with the Showtime Lakers, him being the all-time leading scorer in NBA history and so on and so on and so on.”
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