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LeBron passes Jordan for 4th on all-time NBA points list

Jordan and James are often compared as the best players in NBA history
LOS ANGELES
LeBron James overtook his boyhood idol and inspiration, Michael Jordan, for fourth on the NBA´s all-time scoring list Wednesday, making history with a driving layup for the Los Angeles Lakers in a home loss to Denver.
The 34-year-old superstar matched the Chicago Bulls legend’s career total of 32,292 points with his first 12 of the game, then made history with 5:38 remaining in the second quarter and sank a free throw to complete a 3-point play.
“A lot of stuff I’ve done in my career — this ranks right up there at the top with winning the championship,” James said. “It’s just crazy, to be honest. It’s beyond crazy.”
During the next timeout, James went to the bench and buried his head in a towel, appearing to cry while a video tribute played on the scoreboard and he reflected upon the achievement of surpassing the icon he emulated. “It was very emotional. A lot of things were going on inside me at the time,” he said. “I didn´t want to show what was going on behind that towel.”
Denver, led by Will Barton’s 23 points, defeated the Lakers 115-99 to pull within a game of Golden State for the Western Conference lead. The Nuggets (43-21) closed with a 26-12 run to foil a Lakers rally.
But the night belonged to James, who drew “Thank You MJ 23” on his shoes.
“For a kid from Akron, Ohio that needed inspiration and some type of positive influence, MJ was that guy for me. I watched him from afar, wanted to be like MJ,” James said. “Me and my friends, all we ever talked about was MJ. He was everything.
“You have no idea. Some days you don´t even think you´re going to make it to the next day because of the way things are going.
“Hopefully I can inspire the next kid like myself.”



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