LeBron James passed Michael Jordan for fourth place on the NBA all-time scoring list during the Los Angeles Lakers’ clash with the Denver Nuggets.
James started the game needing 13 points to surpass Jordan’s 32,292 career total.
With the Lakers trailing 55-35 with 6:45 remaining in the second quarter, James hit a mid-range jumper over Nuggets defender Torrey Craig to reach 12 points on the night and pull level with Jordan.
An emotional James was congratulated by Rajon Rondo and his other Lakers team-mates as the crowd at Staples Center rose to acknowledge his achievement.
James reached his latest benchmark in the 1,190th game of his career, nearing the end of his 16th season. Jordan submitted his regular-season scoring résumé in 1,072 games over 15 seasons.
Jordan is the third legend James has left in his wake while climbing the scoring chart this season. He moved ahead of Dirk Nowitzki in October and Wilt Chamberlain a month later.
Next up for James on this list: Kobe Bryant, whose 33,643 career points are safe in third place for at least one more season.
NBA All-Time Scoring List (Top Five)
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points)
- Karl Malone (36,928 points)
- Kobe Bryant (33,643 points)
- LeBron James (32,311 points)
- Michael Jordan (32,292 points)