Heat's LeBron James Youngest Ever to Record 4,000 Career NBA Playoff Points

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffMay 8, 2014

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With Tuesday night's 22-point performance, LeBron James of the Miami Heat became the youngest player ever to eclipse 4,000 career playoff points, according to Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN Stats & Info). He needed 143 games over nine separate playoff berths to reach the milestone. 

At 29 years old, King James ranks eighth overall on the NBA's all-time playoff points list, just behind Los Angeles Lakers legend Jerry West, who accumulated 4,457 points in 153 postseason games. James is third among active players on the list, behind both Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers (5,640) and Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs (4,747).

Michael Jordan sits atop the list with 5,987 points in 179 playoff games. James is 1,974 points behind Jordan, and if he maintains his career playoff scoring average of 28.1 points per game, he'll need to play in 71 more postseason games to pass Jordan.

James is averaging 28.4 points over five games in the 2013-14 NBA postseason as he and the Miami Heat continue their quest for the heralded three-peat. LeBron has displayed admirable efficiency in this season's run, converting 57.6 percent of his field-goal attempts, compared to his career playoff field-goal percentage of 47.5.   

All stats courtesy of NBA.com unless otherwise specified.

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