The Los Angeles Lakers lost again on Wednesday night, falling to the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center, but it was a historic night for LeBron James.
James passed his idol, Michael Jordan, on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, moving into fourth place on the rankings.
The Lakers’ star needed 13 points in Wednesday night’s game to pass Jordan and he did it midway through the second quarter with an and-1 layup. He finished the game with 31 points, giving him 32,311 for his career.
James was excited.
“Of all the stuff I’ve done in my career, this ranks right up there at the top with winning a championship,” James said. “For a kid from Akron, Ohio, that needed inspiration and needed some type of positive influence, MJ was that guy for me. I watched him from afar, wanted to be like MJ, wanted to shoot fadeaways like MJ, wanted to stick my tongue out on dunks like MJ, wanted to wear my sneakers like MJ. I wanted kids to look up to me at some point like MJ and it’s just crazy, to be honest. It’s beyond crazy.”
Jordan released a brief statement on LeBron’s accomplishment.
“I want to congratulate LeBron on achieving another great milestone during his amazing career.”
Hornets owner Michael Jordan issues brief statement on LeBron James passing him on the NBA’s all-time scoring list: “I want to congratulate LeBron on achieving another great milestone during his amazing career.”
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The Lakers, meanwhile, are all-but eliminated from the NBA’s postseason race. Los Angeles is now 6.5 games out of the No. 8 spot.