Lakers forward LeBron James surpassed Michael Jordan to became the fourth-highest all-time NBA scorer during Los Angeles' 115–99 loss to the Nuggets on Wednesday evening. James finished with a game-high 31 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
James eclipsed Jordan's 33,292 career points, surpassing the mark when he knocked down a layup with 5:38 left in the second quarter.
James now trails only Kobe Bryant (33,643), Karl Malone (36,928) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) on the league's all-time scoring list.
Prior to game, James tweeted about how special the accomplishment was to him. During the game, he was emotional following the bucket that saw him move past his idol on the list.
James, 34, entered Wednesday night averaging 27.0 points per game this season, his 15th NBA campaign.
The 2003 No. 1 pick is on pace to average at least 25.3 points or more for the 14th straight year. James led the NBA in scoring once during the 2007-08 season, when he posted 30.0 points per game.
Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, currently seventh all-time, is the second-highest active scorer behind James. Nowitzki is also the only other active scorer who ranks within the top 10 of the list.