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James has 32,311 points and passed his idol Michael Jordan (32,292 points) on the list Wednesday night during the Lakers' 115-99 loss to Denver.

Of those, Malone is the only one who did not spend the bulk of his career with the Lakers. That is THE guy, Michael Jordan. I watched him from afar, wanted to be like M.J., wanted to shoot fadeaways like M.J., wanted to stick my tongue out on dunks like M.J., wanted to wear my sneakers like M.J. I wanted kids to look up to me at some point like MJ and it's just insane, to be honest.

During the next timeout, James went to the bench and buried his head in a towel, appearing to cry while a video tribute played on the scoreboard and he reflected upon the achievement of surpassing the icon he emulated.

As for LeBron, the majority of his points came with the Cavs, and the franchise gave him an opportunity to showcase his talents as one of the best to ever play the game. "You suck.You owe me a bottle of wine".

James, the top scorer among active players, made his points in 1,190 games compared to 1,072 for Jordan. He trails Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 career points), Karl Malone (36,928 career points) and Kobe Bryant (33,643 career points).

Under direction from the National Basketball Association, the Lakers waited until the next timeout to honour James, who got a standing ovation from his new Los Angeles fans during a tribute video.

James tied Jordan when he drained a 19-foot jumper midway through the second quarter.

"It was a pretty awesome moment", Lakers coach Luke Walton said. He also averages the seventh most minutes per game with 35.6 minutes per.