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'King' James closes in on Michael Jordan's record

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CLEVELAND – Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James has moved past Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the second-highest scorer in NBA playoff history.

James entered Wednesday night's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals between Cleveland and Toronto needing 25 points to surpass Abdul-Jabbar (5,762 points). The Cavaliers star did so with a 3-pointer with 8:41 left in the third quarter.

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LeBron James moved into second on the all-time list of scorers in the NBA playoffs. Photo: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Moments later, James got a rousing ovation from the Cleveland crowd when his achievement was shown on the giant scoreboard.

Trying to get to his seventh straight NBA Finals, the 32-year-old James now only trails Michael Jordan, who scored 5,987 points in 179 postseason games. James has played in 205 playoff games over 14 seasons.

James has been soaring up a variety of scoring lists all season. He's currently seventh on the career scoring list with 28,787 points in the regular season.

Abdul-Jabbar tops that list with 38,387 points during his Hall of Fame career.

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