LeBron James wins “challenge within a challenge” with Dillon Brooks

Any confrontation between LeBron James and Dillon Brooks is making waves.

Tonight LBJ led the Los Angeles Lakers to a 105-104 victory over the Houston Rockets with a historic 37-point performance. It was the 237th game with at least 35 points in LeBron’s career and the 109th with at least 30 points on the score sheet in his time with the yellowviola. Crazy numbers for the King who won the individual comparison with Dillon Brooks. The Canadian still played a very good game with 24 points and some important baskets but when LeBron has a determined face it is still very difficult for anyone to stop him.

That it was not an ordinary game for James was clear from some small gestures. He gave a slight shove to his opponent by getting a technical, he glared at him a couple of times, after a basket and foul he shrugged his shoulders as if to say he did not feel the contact with the opponent. And finally the now proverbial “too small” gesture after a basket scored in Brooks’ face.

At the end of the game LeBron had words of appreciation for Brooks. He probably does not like the Canadian, but he recognizes his great agonism.

Every once in a while I need to remind people that I am here to play basketball, this is my 109th 30-plus point game in a Lakers jersey. Dillon Brooks is a great competitor, I like playing against him, he had a great game with big baskets, I need the stimulation that comes from facing these young guys.

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