ESPN is determined to let you know everything about Lebron James and James is having an amazing postseason as he attempts to keep his streak of winning NBA Championships in the same season that Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide rule over college football.
James’ latest 40-point outburst helped push the Cleveland-Boston series to Game 7. That outburst also pushed James’ games with at least 40-points to seven, which is second most in NBA history, tied with Hall of Fame legend Michael Jordan. It is one behind “The Logo” Jerry West who had eight in the 1965 post season.
West, who led the West Virginia Mountaineers to the NCAA Championship game against Cal. The Mountaineers lost 71-70.
West was drafted 2nd overall in the 1960 NBA Draft. In the 1965 NBA Playoffs, West led the Lakers to the NBA Finals where his Lakers lost to the Boston Celtics 4-1. Despite the loss, West averaged 40.6 points per game and scored 40 points an NBA record 8-times including his NBA record 6 consecutive games with 40 points in the Western Division Finals against the Baltimore Bullets.
West’s six-game series against the Bullets was one for the record books. He scored more than 40 points in all six games; no other player in NBA history has ever scored 40 or more points in more than four straight playoff contests. West’s 46.3 points per game remains the highest scoring average for any playoff series in NBA history; Chicago’s Michael Jordan, who averaged 45.2 ppg in a five-game series against Cleveland in 1988, is next.