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LeBron passes Jordan for fourth on all-time National Basketball Association points list

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James scored his 13th, 14th and 15th points against the Denver Nuggets on a drive to the basket, collecting an and-1.

The Los Angeles Lakers star contributed 31 points during a 115-99 loss against the Denver Nuggets to nudge ahead of the Chicago Bulls great (32,292), moving up to 32,311.

His teammates congratulated him, a tribute video played, and at the next timeout, James sat alone on the bench with his face buried in a towel. Passing Jordan, however, was extra special for James who has been open about idolizing Jordan as he was growing up.

"I don't know, man, a lot of the stuff I've done in my career, this ranks right at the top", the 34-year-old veteran said after the game.

"For a kid from Akron, Ohio that needed inspiration and some type of positive influence, MJ was that guy for me".

"I wanted to shoot on the half-turn like him, to stick out my tongue while pounding my chest like him".

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"It's insane, to be honest". He now sits at 32,311 points.

This achievement was particularly special to James, who grew up in OH idolizing Jordan.

On his current pace, James figures to pass Bryant next season and could overtake Abdul-Jabbar by the end of his Lakers contract in the 2021-22 campaign if he stays healthy.

In NBA Finals, nobody has been able to match Jordan and his six MVP awards.

Grabbing James after the game, the rapper fanboys out, taking off one of his diamond chains from around his neck and gifting it to James as a token of respect for his accomplishment.

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