LeBron James Makes History, Cavaliers Advance

Paola Ditto
Mag 28, 2017

And now that James passed Michael Jordan Thursday as the NBA's all-time leading scorer in the playoffs, he said "I did it just being me".

The shot gave him 29 points for the game and 5,989 points for his postseason career to edge him past Jordan's mark of 5,987. "I started to focus on myself, on other players and other people around my neighborhood because I never thought that you could get to a point where Mike was". I was like, if I'm not scoring the ball, how can I still make an impact on the game?

Irving scored 42 points in Game 4 to lead Cleveland to a 3-1 series lead with James having to spend more time on the bench than usual after being whistled for four fouls in the first half for the first time in his career.

"I'm not in the right mind to even talk about Golden State", James said. LeBron was a kid in the '90s when Michael Jordan was at his peak, winning six championships, setting records, starring in a movie with Bugs Bunny.

MARTIN: Actually going just a little beyond Michael Jordan, breaking one of his records.

The three-pointer put the Cavaliers up by 32 points. (Take your pick - years or seasons). And now he is passing Jordan in the record books.

James will make his seventh straight trip to the Finals. "It should be the same for us", James said.

There was nearly too much historical context to dissect, and so James did what his instincts told him to do. "I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike, just because of what he was able to accomplish".

If you don't want to rile up friends and relatives over the long weekend, you might also steer clear of the James-Jordan comparison. So I didn't ever believe I could be Mike. But I'm getting there.

As LeBron James' eleventh Soldier sneaker, "Court General" model features a white, black and metallic gold colorway. He's getting to be like Mike.

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