LeBron James passes Michael Jordan on NBA’s all-time scoring list (Reports).
Tonight is about NBA history. While the Los Angeles Lakers were functionally knocked out of the Western Conference playoff race on Monday when they lost to the Clippers and fell six games behind with only 18 to play, LeBron James still did something very, very special tonight. When he scored his 13th point, he passed Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring rankings. Jordan, widely regarded as the greatest player in the history of the NBA, is James’ only peer. The two can only be compared to one another at this point, and while the Lakers don’t have any meaningful team accomplishments left to chase this season, James passing Jordan still gives their fans something to cheer for.
It came with a few miscues. James missed his first four free throw attempts, and left the game in the first quarter rather than stick it out until he got to Jordan. But it eventually came together with a hot streak in the second quarter. With around five minutes left in the frame, he finally did it. James is the fourth-leading scorer in NBA history. Here are the best reactions to the moment, and to the game itself.
The big moment came in the second quarter, and as soon as the next timeout came, the Lakers played a tribute that they had prepared in advance. It was a touching way to honor an NBA legend.
And here it is! It came in the second quarter with the Lakers trailing, but that came to nobody’s surprise. This is James’ night, and whether or not the Lakers win is largely immaterial at this point.
In chasing history, James had to play with little help. Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball and Tyson Chandler all missed this game due to injury. The entire Denver defense was keyed in on him.