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

Los Angeles Lakers' Le Bron James center passes the ball as he is double-teamed by Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown left and Al Horford

Los Angeles Lakers' Le Bron James center passes the ball as he is double-teamed by Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown left and Al Horford

Kobe Bryant is third all-time, while Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are second and first respectively.

LeBron James boosted his claims to be the greatest player in National Basketball Association history as he edged past Michael Jordan's points total on Wednesday.

Addressing James' climb to 32,311 career points, ex-Cleveland Cavaliers running mates Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson playfully sounded off from the visitors' locker room at Barclays Center, prodding the King over his accomplishment.




Jefferson, who spent two seasons alongside James in Cleveland before his final National Basketball Association go-round with the Nuggets, echoed Frye's critiques.

LeBron needs just 12 points to equal the total of the former Chicago Bull, with the Laker's career scoring total standing at 32,280 entering this one.

While the Lakers aired a tribute video during the ensuing timeout, James covered his face with a towel, apparently crying under it. "God, if I kept playing, I would have passed people too". It's ridiculous. It took him long enough. The Lakers rallied impressively in the second half with a lineup consisting of James and four youngsters, but faded in their fourth straight defeat. After they began the night 5 ½ games out of a playoff spot, the 10th-place Lakers would need an incredible late-season run - and an extraordinary collapse by two teams in front of them - to avoid missing the playoffs for the franchise-record sixth consecutive season. "Knowing that moment was a few minutes ahead of him, I think that did something to him, nerve-wracking, that he doesn't feel normally at the start of a game".

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