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LeBron James Joins Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan in Elite Playoff Stat Category

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LeBron James Joins Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan in Elite Playoff Stat Category
USA Today

What does LeBron James have in common with Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan?

A lot, really. Like His Airness and the Black Mamba, James is (arguably) the defining player of his generation, thanks in no small part to the consecutive NBA championships and Finals MVPs on his resume.

In Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night, James joined his superstar predecessors in yet another exclusive category. He became just the third player in league history to amass at least 4,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists over the course of his postseason career (via SportsCenter):

That's a pretty remarkable accomplishment in itself, but even more so when considering that James reached the milestone in his 154th playoff game. Compare that to Jordan, who became the first player to hit those marks together in his 173rd postseason appearance, and Bryant, who matched MJ's accomplishment in Playoff Game No. 211 of his illustrious career.

Postseason Stats of NBA Greats
Games Points Rebounds Assists
MJ 179 5987 1152 1022
Kobe 220 5640 1119 1040

Basketball Reference

If James, who entered Game 1 with 4,278 points, continues to pile up postseason points at his current pace—about 28 per night—he'll need about 49 games to catch Bryant and another 13 games after that to match MJ.

James finished Game 1 with 25 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals. He had to leave the game late in the fourth quarter due to cramping.

 

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