LeBron James put on another historic performance in Game One of the NBA Finals, but not all the news was positive.
First, James became the sixth player in NBA history to score 50 or more points in a playoff game yet his team lost that game. The others: Michael Jordan (it happened to him twice), Ray Allen, Kobe Bryant, Billy Cunningham and Russell Westbrook.
LeBron’s 51 points now ties him for second (with Allen and Westbrook) on the list for most points scored in a playoff game by a player whose team lost. Jordan tops that list with a 63-point performance in a 1986 playoff game against Boston that the Celtics won.
James became the first player in NBA Finals history to score 50 or more points in a Finals series game that his team lost. Teams that had a player score 50 or more points in a Finals game had gone 3-0 before James’ 2018 Finals Game One; teams are now 27-19 in playoff games when they have a player who scored 40 or more points.
If we combine both regular season and playoff contests, James became the ninth player in NBA history to have scored 50 or more points in three or more games that his team lost. As you might expect, Jordan tops this list with 10 such games.
Here are the players who have the most games with 50 or more points (regular season and playoff) where their team was defeated in that contest.
10: Michael Jordan
8: Kobe Bryant
7: Wilt Chamberlain
5: Allen Iverson
4: Bernard King
3: LeBron James, Bob McAdoo, Russell Westbrook, Dominique Wilkins
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