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 wonderful career".
This achievement was particularly special to James, who grew up in OH idolizing Jordan.
Ahead of the game, James tweeted the game was going to be "UNREAL" and that he "can't even front". This is going to be UNREAL!
The "King" now sits behind Lakers icon Kobe Bryant, who is third on the list with 33,643 points.
But there is still a level of expectation from Lakers fans to see their star players fighting until the end. The Lakers are 4.5 games out of the West's No.8 seed with just 19 games remaining on the schedule.
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Meanwhile, the 34-year-old Anthony has appeared in just 10 National Basketball Association games this year with the Rockets in what was a failed partnership. When asked about potentially sitting out games earlier this week, James said it wouldn't happen.
"I will be monitoring his workload from here on out", Lakers coach Luke Walton told ESPN on Thursday. That is THE guy, Michael Jordan. He finished the game with 31 points, giving him 32,311 for his career. By limiting the playing time for James, Los Angeles seems more than happy to start losing games and drop in the standings.
James has played fewer than 30 minutes only four times this season; all the way back on October 22 against the Phoenix Suns, Nov. 4 against the Toronto Raptors, Nov. 17 against the Orlando Magic and on Christmas Day against the Golden State Warriors when he injured his groin. "He makes everybody around him better".
He said passing Jordan "ranks right up there at the top" of achievements in a career that has included three championships and four Most.
The Lakers, meanwhile, are all-but eliminated from the NBA's postseason race.
James was asked if the Lakers' loss dampened his accomplishment. The Lakers rallied impressively in the second half with a lineup consisting of James and four youngsters, but faded in their fourth straight defeat.
James overtook Jordan with a driving layup in the second quarter.