LeBron James breaks Michael Jordan's playoff scoring record

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James played in his 212th career postseason game on Thursday night, when the Cavaliers beat the Celtics 135-102 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals to advance to the NBA Finals.

In all likelihood, LeBron James will overtake Michael Jordan tonight as the NBA's all-time leading Playoff scorer, and says chasing after MJ's legacy keeps him motivated.

James finished the game with 35 points to take his career playoff total to 5,995 points. He entered the contest needing 28 points to surpass Jordan.

There is a new postseason scoring king.

With the Cavs already leading 100-71 in the final few minutes of the third, Kyrie Irving found LeBron on the left wing, and he casually delivered a 27-footer that pushed the lead to 32 and him into history.

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Before Game 5, James said when he passes Jordan he will cherish the honor, but the category does not define who he is as a player.

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Any hope of a remarkable home side comeback were put to bed in the third, Cleveland blitzing the Celtics 34-17 to book a third straight National Basketball Association finals showdown with the Golden State Warriors.

James will look to increase the gap between himself and Jordan in Playoff points as he makes his way to his seventh straight NBA Finals, becoming the first non-Celtic player in league history to do so along with his current teammate, James Jones.

Game one of the NBA Finals will tip-off on Thursday, June 1 where Golden State has homecourt advantage and will host the first two games in Oakland.