Warriors news: Kevin Durant passes John Havlicek on playoff scoring list
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Warriors star Kevin Durant passes John Havlicek for 12th on playoff scoring list

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Golden State Warriors small forward Kevin Durant has surpassed Boston Celtics legend John Havlicek on the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list.

Durant reached the milestone during Game 5 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers. Durant scored his 3,777th playoff point, allowing him to surpass Havlicek’s mark of 3,776.

Durant surpassed Havlicek’s career total with a 3-pointer with 2:42 left in the first half. Durant still has a ways to go to catch up with four-time NBA MVP LeBron James. James’ 6,991 points are the most in NBA playoff history.

Other players in the Top 10 are Michael Jordan (5,987 points), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5,762 points), Kobe Bryant (5,640 points), Shaquille O’ Neal (5,250 points), Tim Duncan (5,172 points), Karl Malone (4,761 points), Jerry West (4,457 points), Tony Parker (4,045 points) and Dwyane Wade (3,954 points).

Assuming the Warriors make it to the NBA Finals, Durant has a chance to surpass Larry Bird’s 3,897 points. He could also eclipse the recently-retired Wade’s playoff point total.

Durant’s latest feat solidifies his status as one of the best playoff performers in NBA history. Based on the NBA’s playoff scoring stats, Durant is also one of the best small forwards in the postseason.

The 30-year-old Durant has been averaging 28.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists in the 2019 NBA playoffs.