Is LeBron better now than Kobe was at his peak?

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, center, dunks in front of Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5), forward Serge Ibaka, second from right, and forward Kevin Durant, right, in the second quarter of Game 5 in their NBA basketball Western Conference semifinal playoff series, Monday, May 21, 2012, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

LeBron James passed Kobe Bryant for third on the NBA playoff all-time scoring list. Is LeBron better now than Kobe was at his peak?

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The story:

LeBron James might have some work left to do to catch Kobe Bryant’s five championships, but he now has eclipsed the former Los Angeles Lakers star in another statistical category that defined Bryant’s career: playoff points. With James’ and-one shot in the lane and ensuing free throw with 7:26 left in the second quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 119-114 win in Game 3 of their first-round series against the Indiana Pacers on Thursday, James eclipsed Bryant for third place on the NBA’s all-time postseason scoring list. The old-fashioned three-point play gave James 13 points for the game and 5,641 points for his playoff career. He finished with 41 points in the win.

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The bucket that passed Kobe:

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Whose next:

Next up on the all-time list: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who sits in second place with 5,762 career postseason points, a scant 120 more than LeBron had tallied after that and-one bucket. While that mark would seem to be a good bet to fall in pretty short order, James has a bit more work to do to take aim at the No. 1 spot held by — who else? — Michael Jordan, with 5,987.

James’ other playoff stats:

James also ranks third in playoff steals, third in playoff assists, fourth in playoff minutes, fifth in playoff field goals and 3-pointers, eighth in playoff rebounds, ninth in playoff games, and 21st in playoff blocks. (And, for the advanced metric lovers among us: first in playoff win shares, first in Value Over Replacement Player, and third in playoff Player Efficiency Rating.)

What do you think? Is LeBron better now than Kobe was at his peak?

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