ESPN Social reacts to LeBron passing Michael Jordan

Los Angeles CA USA Los Angeles Lakers forward Le Bron James during a stoppage in play against the Boston Celtics in the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

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James needed only 13 points heading into Wednesday's game to surpass Jordan (32,292 career points), who played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association while averaging 30.1 points per game.

The moment itself of James passing Jordan occurred in the second quarter as James caught a pass from Rajon Rondo and immediately attacked the basket, hitting a runner while drawing a foul on Nuggets forward Torrey Craig.

"A lot of stuff that I've done in my career, this ranks right up at the top (with) winning a championship", James said. That is THE guy, Michael Jordan.

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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. "I wanted children to look at me like I looked at him".

LeBron had MJ in mind on the night he surpassed the star and wrote a message to Jordan on his shoes. I watched him from afar, 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.

And Jordan certainly enjoyed more one-off outstanding games, topping the charts in National Basketball Association history in terms of 30-point performances with 562.

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Next up for LeBron on the list is trying to catch Kobe Bryant. Kobe Bryant now sits in third place at 33,643; Karl Malone (36,928) is second.

Bayless has been LeBron James' biggest critic for years. I think about being in downtown Cleveland the night they won, surrounded by every person that was important to me, a thing I'd daydreamed about ad-nauseam actually coming to life like I was living in a movie.

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