Jordan congratulates LeBron for overtaking him on all-time scoring list

LeBron James overtakes Michael Jordan's points total

LeBron passed Michael Jordan's point tally with a smooth left handed layup in the second quarter, but couldn't take the Lakers home against the Nuggets.

As for LeBron, the majority of his points came with the Cavs, and the franchise gave him an opportunity to showcase his talents as one of the best to ever play the game. Since the injury, the Lakers have posted a record of 10-21. "Like I wrote on my shoes tonight and you saw, I thank MJ more than he would ever know".

It will then be a long road for James before he leapfrogs Malone, who has 4,617 more points after garnering 36,928 points during his time with the Utah Jazz and the Lakers. "For a kid from Akron, Ohio, that needed inspiration, needed some type of positive influence, MJ was that guy for me. I watched him from afar, wanted to be like MJ", James said. "He was like lightning in a bottle for me".

According to a report by Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes, the Lakers and LeBron James have agreed to a minutes restriction moving forward. James moved into fourth place with 32,311 points for his career, trailing leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387).

This achievement was particularly special to James, who grew up in OH idolizing Jordan.

While the Lakers aired a tribute video during the ensuing timeout, James covered his face with a towel, apparently crying under it.

"There are certain milestones that it's nice to take a moment and embrace and honour", Lakers coach Luke Walton said before the game. The Lakers, 30-35, are now the 11th seed in the Western Conference and 6.5 games behind the 8th seed LA Clippers.

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