NBA's LeBron surpasses Jordan in career points

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Published on March 7, 2019 - Duration: 01:24s

NBA's LeBron surpasses Jordan in career points

LeBron James passed Michael Jordan to move into fourth place on the NBA career scoring list, but the host Los Angeles Lakers fell short in a 115-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.

Zachary Goelman reports.

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NBA's LeBron surpasses Jordan in career points

LeBron James has eclipsed Michael Jordan in career points on the basketball court.

It's a milestone that left the 34-year-old LA Laker looking back at what he'd accomplished.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) LEBRON JAMES, SAYING: "For a kid from Akron, Ohio that needed inspiration and needed some type of positive influence MJ was that guy for me.

I watched him from afar, wanted to be like MJ, wanted to shoot fade aways like MJ, wanted to stick my tongue out like MJ, wanted to dunk like MJ, wear my sneakers like MJ, and have kids look up to me like MJ.

It's crazy to be honest, It's beyond crazy." Lebron overtook Jordan when Los Angeles faced Denver Wednesday night.

And while the Lakers fell short, losing 115-99 to the Nuggets, James pulled ahead of Jordan's career total of 32,292 points.

LeBron entered the night 12 points behind in that contest.

He pulled even with a drained a 19-foot jump-shot in the second quarter, and a minute later topped the Hall-of-Famer with a left-handed lay-up.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) LEBRON JAMES, SAYING: "It's crazy me and my best friends, that's all we talked about, all we talked about MJ.

Outdoor courts, outdoor ball.

In the snow northeast Ohio, we all wanted to be MJ, every last one of us.

It's crazy, my high school best friends just texted me,and they can't believe it, I can't believe it because they remember walking down the street singing "I wanna be like Mike." James now sits with 32,311 career points, behind only Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone, and former Laker's superstar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who is No.

1 with 38,387 points to his name.

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