LeBron James laced up a special, Air Jordan 3 inspired rendition of the Nike LeBron 16 Wednesday night in Los Angeles, as he surpassed Michael Jordan on the NBA's all-time scoring list.
James had entered the game just 12 points behind Jordan, who finished his career with a total of 32,292 points.
With 17 games to play this season, the Lakers trail the Los Angeles Clippers (37-29) by 4.5 games for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference heading into play Thursday night. He went into the matchup needing just 13 points to make more history in his first season with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Wojnarowski reports that the Lakers had been leaning toward signing Anthony until losing four of their last five games.
"It was very emotional", James said. "We're going to play guys that want to play, we're going to play the right way and play with pride".
The Lakers' surprising fourth-quarter rally happened with a lineup including rookie Moe Wagner, who scored 11 points, and Johnathan Williams, who hadn't played for the Lakers since late December. The Lakers (30-34) have faded ever since James was injured, going 10-20 and falling to the fringe of the playoff race even after his return.
The Lakers are 6.5 games back of the playoffs.
She was quick to point out that she was no hater of the Lakers, however - or James, for that matter. "I don't know why it's a big deal now".