Kawhi Leonard passes Hakeem Olajuwon for 3rd most points in a postseason
Kawhi Leonard of the Toronto Raptors is putting forth an incredible effort in the 2019 NBA Playoffs that will likely live forevermore.
After cruising in the first round past the Orlando Magic, Kawhi Leonard had to truly turn up the heat against an extremely tough Philadelphia 76ers team – producing one of the most memorable series-winning shots in NBA history with his quadruple-bounce on the rim as time expired in Game 7.
In the Eastern Conference Finals, Kawhi Leonard outdueled the presumptive MVP of the league — Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks — helping his Raptors take the series in six games.
Now, as Kawhi Leonard tries to etch his name in Finals history for the second time in his career as a champion (the first time being with the Spurs in the 2014 NBA Finals), Leonard is passing some of the greatest players in NBA history on the way to one of the greatest postseason runs the NBA has ever seen.
Per a statistic posted by the NBA on Twitter, Kawhi Leonard — on Thursday in Game 6 of the Finals against the Golden State Warriors — passed Hakeem Olajuwon for third all-time in scoring in a single playoff:
— NBA (@NBA) June 14, 2019
As you can see, the only two players ahead of him are the ones who are widely regarded as the two greatest players of all time: Michael Jordan (whom Leonard impersonated with accuracy earlier in Game 6) and LeBron James, who produced that scoring run last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
If this series goes seven games, Leonard might have a chance at the all-time record.