LeBron passes Jordan to become all-time NBA playoff scoring leader

LeBron James is officially the most prolific postseason scorer in NBA history.

A 3-pointer in the third quarter against the Boston Celtics on Thursday night gave James 29 points in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final, and 5,989 playoff points for his career. That vaulted him past Michael Jordan and into sole possession of first place on the all-time leaderboard.

James seemed to recognize the significance of the bucket, raising a single finger to the sky after drilling the record-breaking triple.

The transcendent Cleveland Cavaliers superstar, who jumped four places this year to seventh all time in regular-season points, continues to set the league ablaze in his 14th season. He came into Thursday’s game averaging 32.3 points per game this postseason – the second-best mark of his career – and having already climbed past Kobe Bryant and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the playoff scoring ladder.

He finished the game – a dominant victory that sent him to his seventh straight Finals – with 35 points on 13-of-18 shooting to bring his career total to 5,995.

Player Playoff points
LeBron James 5995
Michael Jordan 5987
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 5762
Kobe Bryant 5640

Earlier in the postseason, he also passed Jordan for second all time in postseason steals. In Game 5, he moved into third all time in playoff 3-pointers made.

James established the new scoring record in his 212th playoff game, which ranks ninth all time. Jordan, whose previous record came in 179 games, still ranks first in playoff points per game with 33.4, while James ranks fifth at 28.3.

James has called surpassing Jordan in all aspects “a personal goal,” which he holds mostly for the sake of continued motivation. It makes sense. There are increasingly fewer (if any) legacies remaining for him to pursue.

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Return of the Fun: NFL passes proposal to relax celebration rules

The “No Fun League” just got a little more fun again.

The NFL announced Tuesday that rules governing celebrations during games will be changed for the upcoming season, with acts like group celebrations, using the ball as a prop after touchdowns, and snow angels now deemed legal.

Celebrations that include offensive or sexually suggestive gestures, prolonged acts, or miming weapons are still banned.

“We know that you love the spontaneous displays of emotion that come after a spectacular touchdown,” commissioner Roger Goodell wrote. “And players have told us they want more freedom to be able to express themselves and celebrate their athletic achievements.”

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Goodell added that the rule changes were passed after conversations with more than 80 current and former players.

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Curry passes Kobe for 5th all time in playoff 3-pointers

Stephen Curry surpassed Kobe Bryant Monday for fifth-most 3-pointers made in NBA playoff history. His third trey against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals was the 293rd of his postseason career, one more than Bryant’s 292.

While Bryant was never known as a 3-point marksman, he played in the playoffs 15 of his 20 NBA seasons. This is Curry’s fifth NBA postseason.

LeBron James is currently in fourth place all time, with 314 treys, just behind Manu Ginobili. Ray Allen is the playoff leader with 385, followed by Reggie Miller.

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LeBron passes Jordan on NBA’s postseason steals list

Lost in the Cleveland Cavaliers' annihilation Friday of the Boston Celtics was the fact that LeBron James notched four steals in his 33 minutes.

Usually not a huge deal on its own, those four steals wound up putting James ahead of Michael Jordan for second place on the NBA’s all-time postseason steals list.

Rank Player Steals
1 Scottie Pippen 395
2 LeBron James 377
3 Michael Jordan 376
4 Magic Johnson 358
5 John Stockton 338
6 Kobe Bryant 310
7 Jason Kidd 302
8 Larry Bird 296
9 Maurice Cheeks 295
10 Manu Ginobili 281

(Courtesy: Basketball-Reference.com)

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LeBron passes Kareem for 2nd in all-time playoff scoring

The ghost in Chicago is all that is left for The King to chase.

LeBron James moved past Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for second place on the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list with 39 points against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.

James reached the mark in the third quarter with a deep three over the outstretched arms of Serge Ibaka. It was James’ fourth three of the night to go along with his usual assortment of free throws and driving layups.

He finished with 39 points on 10-of-14 shooting in 37 minutes of work and left the game midway in the fourth to rousing chants of "MVP" from the home crowd.

Michael Jordan is the only player left for James to catch. His Airness sits atop the throne with 5,987 career playoff points. Given his average of 28.1 points per game, James should pass Jordan in roughly 10 games.

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R.I.P. “Happy Days” Actress Erin Moran Passes Away At 56

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“Happy Days” Star Erin Moran Found Dead In Indiana Home

Sad news for “Happy Days” fans. Actress Erin Moran who played Joanie Cunningham on the show, was found dead in her home Saturday, April 22. She was only 56-years-old.

Authorities responding to a 911 call pronounced her dead when they arrived at the scene.

“An autopsy is pending,” the Harrison County sheriff’s department told the Associated Press in a statement. She lived with her second husband, Steve Fleischmann.

She was remembered on social media by several of her former co-stars:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Moran’s loved ones.


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LeBron passes Duncan for most series sweeps in NBA history

LeBron James is bringing out the brooms at a rate never before seen.

With Sunday's 106-102 victory in Indiana, the Cleveland Cavaliers swept the Pacers 4-0 to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals. In doing so, James notched his 10th playoff series sweep, passing San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan for the most in history.

James is also the first player to collect 21 straight opening-round wins, surpassing the record shared by Magic Johnson, Michael Cooper, and James Worthy.

The 32-year-old led the way at Bankers Life Fieldhouse with 33 points to go along with 10 rebounds, four steals, four assists, and two blocks. He stuffed the stat sheet throughout the series, putting up 32.8 points, 9.8 boards, nine dimes, three steals, and two blocks per contest.

He'll be afforded a full week of rest before the second round, where his Cavs will face the winner of the series between the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks, which is currently tied 2-2.

James is looking for his second consecutive title with his hometown club and fourth championship overall, having won it all with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013.

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Darnold attempts just 6 passes in USC spring game

Those looking to see the upcoming season's odds-on favorite to win the Heisman Trophy put on a show Saturday went home disappointed, as USC quarterback Sam Darnold attempted just six passes.

The Rose Bowl record-setting quarterback went 4-for-6 for 58 yards during the Trojans' spring game.

USC only ran 62 plays, with 22 of them being passes by scholarship quarterbacks.

Year Name Passing Yards
RS So. Sam Darnold 4-6 58 yards
RS Fr. Matt Fink 5-9 47 yards
Fr. Jack Sears 3-7 32 yards

Highly touted freshman defensive tackle Marlon Tuipulotu, meanwhile, recorded four tackles, including one for loss.

A total of 14,781 fans attended the spring game, compared roughly 23,000 last year.

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