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One crazy LeBron stat may change your mind about the Michael Jordan debate

For The Win logo For The Win 5/26/2018 Nick Schwartz

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If daytime sports television is any indication, we're going to be having the LeBron vs. Michael Jordan debate nearly every day for the next several years, if not several decades.

LeBron still hasn't finished building his case that he's the greatest player of all time - he could still add championship rings to his collection, and he could potentially retire as the league's all-time leading scorer a few years from now - but with every performance like the one he had in Game 6 on Friday, LeBron is slowly converting fans who were previously #TeamJordan.

James posted his seventh 40-point game of these playoffs on Friday, matching Jordan's best from 1989 - and LeBron's numbers when facing elimination are simply silly.

After Game 6, LeBron has now won more than twice as many elimination games as Jordan, while also outscoring Jordan in the process. There's a mystique around Jordan that he never failed in do-or-die situations, but MJ actually has a losing record in elimination games.

LeBron's detractors will note that despite his consistently stellar performances in elimination games, he's also 3-5 in the NBA Finals. If James manages to carry his team to an unreal eighth consecutive NBA Finals (four with the Heat, potentially four with the Cavs), he'd be a huge underdog against either the Rockets or Warriors, and his overall finals record could slip to 3-6. Jordan, of course, was a perfect 6-0.

Wherever you fall on the LeBron vs. Jordan debate, don't try to argue that James isn't clutch in 2018.

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