Any other Wednesday night game in March between the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets might have looked like a relatively inconsequential NBA matchup.
The Lakers lost 115-99 on their home court, dropping their record to 30-35 and making their chances of making the playoffs even lower.
So this had to have been a game to forget, right?
That’s not so. History was made on Wednesday night during this game, as LeBron James eclipsed Michael Jordan on the all-time NBA scoring list.
James needed 13 points to score the 32,292nd point of his career and pass the man widely regarded as his closest contemporary on the list.
In the second quarter, LeBron drove to the bucket and scored a quintessential acrobatic layup, which tied him with Jordan.
James was fouled on the play, however, and stepped to the free throw line. He knocked down the shot, and was given a standing ovation by the crowd, which knew just how historic the moment was.
LeBron finished with 31 points in yet another Lakers loss, and he won’t have much time to celebrate his accomplishment considering the team’s crisis.
However, not even he could help himself from enjoying the gravity of his moment.