In the second quarter of the Cavs' Game 3 against the Pacers, James hit a jumper in the lane to pass Kobe Bryant (5,640 career playoff points) for third on the NBA's all-time playoff scoring list. James seems a good bet to pass the No. 2 playoff scorer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5,762 points) in another few games. And if the Cavs make it to the Eastern Conference Finals, he would almost certainly top the No. 1 man on the list, Michael Jordan, who finished with 5,987 points.
James wasn't done with Bryant.
In the third quarter, as the Cavs cut into a 25-point Pacers lead, James hit his 293rd career playoff 3-pointer to pass Bryant for fourth on the all-time playoff list. Next on the list is Manu Ginobili, who finished with 309 3-pointers. Ray Allen heads that list with 385 3-pointers, followed by Reggie Miller (320).
In honor of James moving past Bryant on the scoring list, the NBA compiled a nice highlight video of the two greats' playoff highlights.
In honor of LeBron James passing Kobe Bryant, a look back at their clutch buckets in the #NBAPlayoffs! pic.twitter.com/eaYe8k9SR6— NBA (@NBA) April 21, 2017
The only numbers James really cared about Thursday night were these: 119-114, the final score as the Cavs overcame that huge halftime deficit to take a 3-0 lead in the series. He finished with 41 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists.