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Deep into the first half of Wednesday's game against the Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James scored a layup that moved him into fourth place on the all-time National Basketball Association scoring list, surpassing Michael Jordan's 32,292 career points.

James started the match against Denver Nuggets needing to score 13 points to break his idol's record and break into the top four on the all-time scorers' list.

James finished with 31 points against Denver and now stands at 32,311 points for his career.

While it looks poised to be a disappointing first season in LA for James, who appears in line to miss the playoffs for the first time since 2005, he can console himself with another outstanding individual achievement.

"You've got to appreciate him", Harris said of James. He was even seen coaching the team back when he was sidelined with injuries.

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"I want to congratulate LeBron on achieving another great milestone during his wonderful career", Jordan said in a statement.

The NBA might not like it, but it makes absolute sense for the Lakers to rest LeBron (and lose as much as possible) moving forward this season.

Before the 2018-19 season, Anthony signed a one-year, $2.4 million minimum deal to team up with James Harden and Chris Paul in Houston. If he maintains his points-per-game average, LeBron will reach the mark set by Bryant in around 49 games.

James was asked if the Lakers' loss dampened his accomplishment.

After the Lakers' latest loss to the last-place Phoenix Suns on Saturday, LA sits in 10th in the West, 4.5 games out of a playoff spot.