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LeBron passes MJ for 3rd on Finals scoring list

9:17 PM ET

CLEVELAND — After passing Michael Jordan as the No. 1 all-time playoff scorer last month, LeBron James has now eclipsed Jordan for third place on the all-time NBA Finals scoring list.

The Cleveland Cavaliers star passed Jordan (1,176 points) with his first bucket in Game 4 on Friday against the Golden State Warriors, an and-1 layup with 9:56 left in the first quarter. James set the mark in his 44th career Finals game. Jordan played 35.

Congrats to @KingJames of the @cavs for moving up to 3rd on the #NBAFinals Scoring list! #ThisIsWhyWePlay pic.twitter.com/YQZ4nORcGd

— NBA (@NBA) June 10, 2017

The only players remaining with more Finals points than James are Jerry West (1,679 points) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,317 points).

James detailed his reverence for Jordan when he passed him in playoff scoring in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics.

“I wear the number because of Mike,” James said of the No. 23 on his uniform. “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.”

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