Jordan congratulates LeBron for overtaking him on all-time scoring list

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James's layup with 5:38 left in the second quarter helped him achieve the feat.

James got emotional on the sideline after passing Jordan, but quickly had to get back to chipping away at a double-digit deficit.

Prior to the game, James shared his excitement on social media. This is going to be UNREAL! Unfortunately for the Lakers, they still fell to the Nuggets 115-99.

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The 34-year-old James began the night needing 13 points to pass one of his heroes. The overall color scheme appeared very similar to the highly-coveted "Kobe Bryant" Air Jordan 3 PE. "Michael is a guy that guys like LeBron, myself included, grew up watching".

All these numbers combined to see Jordan average 30-plus points per game in eight seasons, as well as 30.1 points per game through his career. James, who entered the National Basketball Association at 18 years old compared to 21 for Jordan, began the night averaging 27.1 points in 1,189 games over 16 seasons with Cleveland, Miami and the Lakers. Incredibly, James is in a tie for second yet three behind on three. Just eight days ago, James moved into 10th place on the assists list, becoming the first player in league history to make the top 10 in points and assists.

Today, James took to Instagram to reflect on his accomplishment and paid homage to his idol, MJ, in the process. He made us look like really good coaches in Cleveland.

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James scored 7,919 of his points as a member of the Miami Heat, where he and Wade led the organization to four consecutive NBA Finals appearances, including two titles. "God, if I kept playing, I would have passed people too".

I still vividly remember that July night in 2010, when LeBron James, dressed in that red and white checkered button down told Jim Gray and the rest of the planet that he was South Beach-bound.

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