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Nuggets top Lakers as LeBron passes Jordan

Published:Friday | March 8, 2019 | 12:18 AM
LeBron James
LeBron James

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.