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Lakers' LeBron James Passes Michael Jordan for Fourth on NBA All-Time Scoring List

LeBron James surpassed Michael Jordan for fourth on the NBA's all-time scoring list during the first half against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on Wednesday.

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    LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on March 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    Move over, Michael. The King has taken your throne. 

    LeBron James surpassed Michael Jordan for fourth on the NBA's all-time scoring list with a left-handed layup in the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night at Staples Center.

    The Los Angeles Lakers superstar scored his 32,293rd point on a driving layup in the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets, getting fouled in the act and hitting the ensuing free throw.

    "I haven’t been staring him down for a while, actually. I kind of just take all accomplishments as they come," James told reporters at Wednesday's shootaround. "Anytime I’m in the breath with any of the greats, obviously MJ being a guy that I looked up to my whole life, the guy I admired when I was a kid, it’s going to be pretty cool [passing him]. I don’t know how I’m going to react in the moment but I think at some point I’ll be able to appreciate it. Just knowing where I come from and knowing that it’s so much bigger than just me.

    "So many other kids look up to me for inspiration. When I was a kid their age, I needed inspiration, and MJ was that inspiration, along with some other people. Sometimes I have no idea how I’m even in this position to be able to play the game that I love, play at a high level and be linked with some of the greatest to ever play this game; obviously MJ being out of this world."

    James sat for the remainder of the first quarter, but went back to-work on the offensive end in the second quarter. A few quick buckets and James had suddeny tied his Airness before a left-handed layup in the lane that fell through the hoop for a milestone basket and an "and-one." 

    Here's the link to the video of LeBron's basket that surpassed Jordan. 

    James surpassed his boyhood idol for fourth place on the list and now trails three former Lakers' legends in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1st), Karl Malone (2nd), and Kobe Bryant (3rd).

    The Lakers and the NBA celebrated James' accomplishment during a timeout after he passed Jordan, by showing a video tribute of James' scoring accomplishment on the video screen. 

    Prior to the game, James could hardly contain his excitement for the soon-to-be historic milestone, but tweeting this before the game.

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