LeBron James' 31-point night against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday put him ahead of Michael Jordan on the NBA's list of all-time points leaders, upped his case for greatest player of all time vs. Jordan and even earned praise from M.J. himself.
James appeared to weigh in on the accomplishment on Twitter before the game.
While the Lakers aired a tribute video during the ensuing timeout, James covered his face with a towel, apparently crying under it.
Will Barton scored 23 points, Gary Harris added 19 and the Nuggets snapped their three-game losing streak with a 115-99 victory over Los Angeles on Wednesday night despite James' latest move up the career scoring ranks.
"You kind of look at the rest of the games, and look at the percentages of what's going on there in the future, and see what makes more sense for not only me but the team itself as well", James said.
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But they came up with the press, and we didn't get open and at that point we probably should have called that last timeout. The 38-year-old six-time All-Star averaged 4.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists in those appearances.
James got emotional on the sideline after passing Jordan, but quickly had to get back to chipping away at a double-digit deficit.
James, 34, entered Wednesday night averaging 27.0 points per game this season, his 15th National Basketball Association campaign.
There are now only three men standing in LeBron's way until he achieves the most points in National Basketball Association history. "For a kid from Akron, Ohio, that needed inspiration, needed some type of positive influence, MJ was that guy for me". 1 pick now trails only Kobe Bryant (33,643), Karl Malone (36,928) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) on the league's all-time scoring list.
The 34-year-old James is among the last active players who were old enough to witness Jordan in his prime with the Chicago Bulls. Couldn't have in a trillion years thought that would be possible especially knowing where I come from and what I watch him do every single night!