James, who entered the game with 7,470 career playoff minutes, played 34 minutes in the first three quarters of Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, surpassing Jordan (7,474) and Bill Russell (7,497). Next up on the list is Magic Johnson at 7,538, Tim Duncan is the all-time leader at 9,152.
Jordan played 179 career postseason games, while James was playing in his 177th. James entered Game 5 averaging 41.8 minutes per game in the playoffs, his most since the 2012 postseason.
Earlier in the series, James set a record by scoring 123 points in the first three games of the NBA Finals. James's triple double—40 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists—wasn't enough as the Warriors beat the Cavaliers 104–91 to take a 3-2 Finals lead. Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 37 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter.
SI's Best Photos From Game 5 of the NBA Finals
- Dan Gartland