Apr 20, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) reacts after being fouled by Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson (25) during the first half in game one during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NBA Playoffs: Lebron James passes Larry Bird in playoff points


In a win over the Charlotte Bobcats in Game 1 of the 2014 NBA playoffs, Lebron James made an impression on the NBA record books.

By scoring 27 points against the ‘Cats, James moves up to 8th all-time in career playoff points, surpassing Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird.

Not often looked to when pinpointing the best scorers in the history of the NBA, likely to do with his jump shot, James continues to move up in the record books. While eighth in all-time playoff scoring, James is only third among active players with Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan ahead of him. Based on the numbers posted in last years playoffs and projecting the trajectory of his playing skill, James could well pass Michael Jordan for the number one spot if the forward remains healthy throughout his 30s.

Doing the math, if Lebron James averages a total of 417.8 points in the next five playoffs, he could effortlessly become the number one playoff scoring in league history, surpassing the likes of Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal and Karl Malone and Jerry West

A championship may be the goal each time James steps on the floor during the playoffs, but considering how much he pays attention to in regards to the NBA, there’s no doubt that this record will be on his main for years to come.

Unfortunately, James record, if grabbed, won’t last time with Kevin Durant well on his way up the charts.

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