LeBron gets emotional after passing MJ in career points

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Will Barton scored 23 points, Gary Harris added 19 and the Nuggets snapped their three-game losing streak with a 115-99 victory over Los Angeles on Wednesday night despite James' latest move up the career scoring ranks.

The 34-year-old star passed Jordan with a layup in the second quarter of the Lakers' matchup with the Nuggets. I wanted kids to look up to me at some point like M.J., and it's insane, to be honest. "I didn´t want to show what was going on behind that towel".

James appeared to weigh in on the accomplishment on Twitter before the game. "For a kid from Akron, Ohio, that needed inspiration and needed some type of positive influence, MJ was that guy for me".

"Wanted to be like MJ, wanted to shoot fadeaways like MJ, wanted to stick my tongue out on dunks like MJ, wanted to wear my sneakers like MJ". Some days you don´t even think you´re going to make it to the next day because of the way things are going.

James and Jordan are widely considered the two best players in National Basketball Association history.

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The next target for James would be retired Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant, who is third on the National Basketball Association career list with 33,643 points.

James now trails only Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the list, meaning that the league's top-four scorers have all played for the Lakers at some point in their careers.

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

James began the night averaging 27.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 8.0 assists while hitting 51 percent of his shots and playing 35.7 minutes per game for the Lakers. Couldn't have in a trillion years thought that would be possible especially knowing where I come from and what I watch him do every single night!

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