Originally created 01/05/02

Jordan becomes fourth player to score 30,000 points



WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan became the fourth player in NBA history to score 30,000 points, reaching the milestone Friday night for the Washington Wizards against his old team, the Chicago Bulls.

Jordan, who began the game with 29,985 career points, scored his 15th point of the night by making the second of two free throws with 5:28 to go in the second quarter, giving the Wizards a 45-31 lead.

The game was halted for about 30 seconds during the next stoppage in play as the sellout crowd gave him a standing ovation, with several fans holding up large banners that read "Congratulations, Michael Jordan, 30,000 points."

Jordan acknowledged the cheers with a brief wave.

Jordan joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387), Karl Malone (33,654) and Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) as the only players to reach 30,000. Jordan scored 29,277 in 13 seasons with the Bulls.