Nuggets top Lakers as LeBron passes Jordan
LOS ANGELES (AP):
When LeBron James hit the driving layup that pushed him past Michael Jordan into fourth place on the NBA’s career scoring list, even the Denver Nuggets paused to appreciate their opponent’s big moment.
The Nuggets then made sure that James’ celebration didn’t include a huge come-from-behind win for the Lakers.
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.
James scored 31 points and surpassed Michael Jordan’s 32,292 career points on a driving layup during the second quarter.
With James playing alongside four youngsters who came in with a combined 200 games of NBA experience compared to LeBron’s 1,190, the Lakers nearly rallied from a 23-point deficit in the fourth quarter.
Denver (43-21) blew all but two points of their huge early lead, but Harris and Nikola Jokic contributed key baskets down the stretch of the Nuggets’ first win of March.