LeBron James set a career high for points in an NBA Finals game with his 38th point during Game 1 against the Warriors on Thursday night.
The Cavaliers forward tied his career high of 37 points on a shot with six and a half minutes to play, then broke it on an 8-foot jumper with 5:07 remaining.
James' previous Finals high came as a member of the Miami Heat in Game 7 of the 2013 Finals versus the San Antonio Spurs. His 37 points in that game helped the Heat defeat the Spurs to win his second career title.
For his career, James entered Thursday averaging 27.9 points in the playoffs.
James scored 42 points in regulation as Game 1 went to overtime. He finished with 44 points after scoring Cleveland's lone points in overtime and Golden State went on to win 108–100. For the game, James shot 18-for-38 and 2-for-8 from three.
You can see the shot on which James tied his Finals career high of 37 points below.
- Molly Geary