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NBA Playoffs: All-time leaders in postseason career points

On May 25th in 2017, during a series-clinching Game 5 win against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron James passed Michael Jordan to be the all-time leading scorer in NBA playoffs history.

James achieved the feat in his 212th postseason game, while Jordan had recorded his tally of 5,987 in 179 games. Since then, James has kept increasing his lead at the top of this chart.

Here are the top 10 players with the most playoff points ever:

Rank Player Playoff Games Played Playoff Career Points Playoff Career average
1 LeBron James 259 7,463 28.8
2 Michael Jordan 179 5,987 33.45
3 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 237 5,762 24.31
4 Kobe Bryant 220 5,640 25.64
5 Shaquille O'Neal 216 5,250 24.31
6 Tim Duncan 251 5,172 20.61
7 Karl Malone 193 4,761 24.67
8 Jerry West 153 4,457 29.13
9 Tony Parker 226 4,045 17.90
10 Kevin Durant 139 4,043 29.09

As you can see above, James isn't the only active player in the top 10. Kevin Durant is 10th on the leaderboard, thus, ranking the duo far ahead of any other active players.

Prior to the 2020 playoffs, there are three other active players in the top 40 - Stephen Curry (2968, 27th), James Harden (2654, 35th), and Russell Westbrook (2489, 39th).

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