LeBron James has easily become one of the best players in NBA history. Not only has he shown up during the season, but he’s upped his game incredibly for the playoffs.
Here’s a look at the top 10 playoff records from LeBron James, starting with number 10:
10. LeBron James Playoff Games: 158, Boston Celtics Roster: 139
LeBron’s got more playoff games than the entire Celtics roster at the start of the playoffs, which is crazy when you actually think about it. His leadership roles will definitely serve a purpose in this upcoming NBA playoffs run. With star players such as Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving enduring zero playoff games over their respective careers, there will be times when LeBron will need to step in and use his experience to lead the team in order to ensure a Cleveland championship. James is now at 178 career playoff games.
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9. Only player to score at least 49 points for two different franchises
LeBron accomplished this feat while playing for the Cavaliers in 2009 in the Eastern conference finals against the Orlando Magic and also in 2014 with the Miami Heat versus the Brooklyn Nets in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The greatest player in the NBA (being LeBron) has the ability to take total control over any game.
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8. Most consecutive points scored for a team in a playoff game with 25 straight points
LeBron went full throttle in this game 5 against the Detroit Pistons in the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals. LeBron rattled off 25 straight points along with 29 of the 30 final Cavalier points. LeBron’s spectacular performance gave the Cavaliers a 3-2 lead and the Cavs would eventually go on to advance to the NBA finals.
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7. One of three players to record a triple double in his playoff debut
LeBron became the first player to record a triple double in his debut since the great Magic Johnson. LeBron carried the Cavs to a 97-86 win over the Washington Wizards in the first round of the NBA playoffs in 2006. His final stat line consisted of 32 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists.
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6. Most 25 points, five rebounds, and five assist games with 88
LeBron passed Michael Jordan for the most 25-5-5 games while playing for the Heat in 2014. LeBron is joined on the list by legendary players such as Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant, and Jerry West who rank 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively. This stat line for the versatile James is very common as he is one of four players in history to average the mark for a career (alongside Jordan, Jerry West and Oscar Robertson). James currently stands at 88 games with 25 points, five rebounds, and five assists
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5. Shooting 50% in nine consecutive playoff games while attempting 15 field goals.
This statistic speaks to LeBron’s phenomenal shot selection and his ability to exert a significant impact on games while not exerting many negative effects. LeBron is tied with Shaquille O’Neal (who accomplished the feat twice) for the longest postseason streak shooting 50%.
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4. Most 25 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists games with 39
This record also previously held by the great MJ was shattered against the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals while LeBron was playing for the Heat. LeBron’s seemingly uncanny act to contribute everywhere on the court is what makes him the greatest NBA player of this era. He currently has 39 games of 25 points, 10 assists, and five assists.
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3. Most points per game in playoff elimination games with 31.7 points per game
LeBron’s supposedly “non-clutch” factor has no relevance when his teams are facing elimination. When on the verge of being eliminated from another elusive ring chase, LeBron’s game drastically increases. He is one of 2 players along with Wilt Chamberlain to average 30 points and 10 rebounds while playing in elimination games.
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2. Most 30 point, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists games with 28.
For a player to accomplish this amazing stat line in a NBA playoff atmosphere just once is insane, let alone 23 times in LeBron’s case. His tenacity on the boards on the defensive end and hid ability to go coast to coast leaves not alone Cavs fans, but fans of the NBA in general of his incredible skillset.
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1. One of three players to have at least 4000 points, 1000 rebounds and 1000 assists
James ability to contribute to all areas of the court is what makes him a 4-time MVP and an 11-time all-star. The only other 2 players on this list are Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. LeBron already being able to accomplish this amazing feat by the age of 30 speaks to the numerous records that he is poised to break and set in the future.