Apr 20, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) stand during the national anthem before a game against the Charlotte Bobcats in game one during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs 2014: How many more games does LeBron need to pass Michael Jordan’s scoring record?


The Miami Heat have a nice 1-0 series lead on the Charlotte Bobcats and may have squashed any hope the Cats may have had of possibly winning a game. A lot of that had to do with the excellent day that LeBron James had shooting, as he moved into eighth place all-time among playoff scorers in NBA history.

James passed Larry Bird and now is tracking down Jerry West and his 4,457 points in the postseason.

As is the case with most of the records LeBron is chasing, the ultimate boss he needs to beat is Michael Jordan, who sits atop all NBA players with his 5,987 career playoff points scored.

It’s almost a certainty that James will catch West’s total this postseason as he needs just 559 points this year to catch him and one more to pass him. If LeBron averaged just under 80 points per game for seven games, he’d get to West’s total and he has a lot more than seven games left this postseason and will likely be score close to or more than 30 points per game.

The goal is to catch Jordan though and LeBron need 2,089 more points to do that. As the math figures out, if LeBron plays in 4 five games series per postseason for the next four seasons, that’s 80 playoff games. LeBron would need to score 26.1 points per game to match Jordan’s total which means it’s not a matter of if LeBron catches Jordan, it’s when.

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