Did LeBron James or Michael Jordan Make More Insane Clutch Shots?

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates after hitting the game winning shot to beat the Toronto Raptors 105-103 in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 5 in Cleveland. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

LeBron James delivered yet another match-winning moment for the Cleveland Cavaliers, nailing the buzzer beater that put the Cavs 3-0 up in their series against the Toronto Raptors.

With the game tied and just eight seconds left on the clock, James dribbled the length of the court before nonchalantly sinking a running one-hander at the buzzer, giving the Cavs a 105-103 win.

The win means the 2016 NBA champions are one game away from reaching the Eastern Conference Finals for the fourth consecutive season and could eliminate the Raptors for the third consecutive season.

Unreal. 👑 #WhateverItTakes pic.twitter.com/zsxDkSCj16

— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) May 6, 2018

Toronto must be sick of the sight of LeBron, who ended the game with 38 points, six rebounds and seven assists in 41 minutes.

LeBron's latest exploit revived the discussion over whether he can genuinely be considered a better player than Michael Jordan. That particular debate will continue until LeBron retires and probably long after that but, at least in one aspect of the game, he has already surpassed Jordan.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, LeBron has already hit five buzzer-beaters—calculated as go-ahead shots in the final five seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime—in his postseason career, two more than Jordan did during his 15 seasons in the NBA.

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LeBron James connected on his 7th career go-ahead shot in the final 5 seconds of the 4th quarter/OT in his playoff career.

His 2 buzzer-beaters this postseason are 1 shy of MJ's career playoff total. pic.twitter.com/Uh61h9WwsT

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 6, 2018

The three-time NBA champion clinched his first playoff buzzer-beater in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Orlando Magic in 2009, but Cleveland was eventually eliminated by the Magic.

His next buzzer-beater came during his stint in Miami, in Game One of the 2013 conference finals against the Indiana Pacers, while in his second spell with the Cavs he scored a game-winning shot in Game Four of the 2015 conference semifinals against the Chicago Bulls.

LeBron also has a slightly better percentage when it comes to clutch shots, landing 47 percent of his attempted game-winning shots, compared with Jordan's 45 percent. Saturday night's buzzer-beater also saw the four-time MVP become the first player in the last 15 seasons to clinch multiple buzzer beaters in the same postseasons, given he had already nailed one in Game Three of the Cavs' first-round series against the Pacers.

That particular shot bore a striking resemblance to Jordan's match-winning shot against the Cavs in May 1989, which gave the Chicago Bulls a 101-100 win in Game Five of their first-round series and eliminated Cleveland.

Both shots came after a timeout and both saw the ball inbounded with three seconds left. Both LeBron and Jordan drifted to their left, taking exactly two dribbles before releasing the winning shot.

The Cavs were also the victims in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 1993, when Jordan's buzzer-beater saw Chicago sweep Cleveland 4-0, while Jordan's this and final buzzer beater came four years later, as the Bulls took a 1-0 lead in the NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz.

Jordan also scored the game-shot against the Detroit Pistons in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals in 1989 and in Game Three of the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers two years later. However, in both cases, the Pistons and the Lakers had another shot to win the game with 3.0 and 3.4 seconds left on the clock respectively.

Meanwhile, the shot that clinched the Bulls' second "three-peat" in Jordan's last ever game for Chicago came with 5.2 seconds left on the clock and Utah had a chance to win the game itself afterward.

The comparison between the two is impossible to escape.

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