LeBron James hit an early shot in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals. The two points moved the Cleveland Cavaliers past the great Michael Jordan on the NBA Finals all-time scoring list, sliding up into No. 3 overall.
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The only two players in NBA history with more NBA Finals points than James are Jerry West (1,679 points) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,317 points).
Moving past Jordan is a big accomplishment all by itself. But James has long idolized His Airness, wearing No. 23 throughout his career in honor of Jordan.
“I wear the number because of Mike,” James said of the No. 23 on his uniform (h/t ESPN). “I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike, just because of what he was able to accomplish. When you’re watching Michael Jordan it’s almost like a god. So I didn’t think I could be Mike.”
Down 3-0 heading into Friday’s game, James and the Cavaliers have come out on fire, opening up a big early lead that, at the two-minute mark of the first quarter stands at 10 points, 37-27.