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LeBron James Continues to Re-Write Record Books, Crosses Michael Jordan in Major Category

Published 08/23/2020, 12:49 AM EDT

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Despite being in his 17th NBA season, LeBron James is one of the best players in the league and the number one seed in the West. His age has somewhat curbed his athleticism, but not enough to take him out of the contention for the best player in the league.

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Los Angeles Lakers were bested by the Portland Trail Blazers in Game-1, even though LeBron put up a monster triple-double. The second game wasn’t his finest performance, but the Lakers did more than enough to clinch the win.

However, he did it all in the third game. His 38-point and 12-rebound performance carried the Lakers to a 2-1 series lead.


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Outside of gaining the advantage in the Playoffs series, LeBron has accomplished yet another stat. James becomes the second-oldest player in Playoffs history to record a 35-point and 10-rebound game in a series. He crossed Michael Jordan, who now sits in third place, making him second only to Karl Malone.

MJ was 35 years and 75 days old when he dropped 35 and 11 against the Charlotte Hornets in the 1998 Playoffs. ‘The Mailman’ Karl Malone did it against the Seattle SuperSonics at 36 years and 273 days with a 50-point and 12 rebound performance. James is 35 years and 236 days old, thereby crossing MJ on this list.

LeBron James in the 2020 Playoffs


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LeBron is not nearly done in these playoffs and is bound to rack up some more massive games. The Portland Trailblazers are a very dangerous team but haven’t had an answer for the Lakers’ defense all season.

Their Game-1 win was more a result of the Lakers’ wooden offense. Blazers have shot under 50% in each game, which is a testament to the defense that the Lakers have been playing.


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LeBron had a lot of his shots drop today, shooting 9/11 heading into the fourth quarter. He almost got another triple-double but fell two assists short due to how hard he was trying to score.


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LeBron helped the Lakers discover their offense during this game following a particularly slow start, which eventually translated into a strong win.

James will undoubtedly shatter many more age-related records across the remainder of his career if he hopes to further his legacy as one of the greatest players of all-time.



Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.