LeBron James had his best game of the 2020-21 NBA season on Monday.
James broke out in the Lakers' street game against his former team and scored season highs in points (46), field percentage (73.1) and 3-point percentage (63.6) in a 115-108 win against the Cavs. He also pulled down eight rebounds and grabbed six assists, two blocks and two steals to take Los Angeles to 10-0 on the road this year.
That's not all: after James missed the final third quarter hiring, he had a quick back-and-forth with a member of the Cavs front office he didn't want to name and helped him get a fourth quarter by 21 points to reach. That was more than Cleveland put together as a team (19).
A Cavs fan mocked LeBron for missing a shot in Q3. He came out on the 4th and scored the entire Cavs team.
LeBron – 21 points
Cavs- 19 points
– N (@ Nino12x) January 26, 2021
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And he did all of this the day before the year-long anniversary of Kobe Bryant's death. According to ESPN Stats & Info, James was the oldest Lakers player to score at least 40 points since Bryant scored 60 in his last career game:
LeBron James (36 years, 26 days) is the oldest Lakers player to play 40 points since Kobe Bryant scored 60 points in his last career game. Bryant was 37 years and 234 days old. pic.twitter.com/1GyIotPQAh
– ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 26, 2021
Perhaps it is appropriate that James' appearance came a year after Bryant's last tweet, in which the superstar accused James of driving the game:
Keep moving the game forward @KingJames. Much respect my brother 💪🏾 # 33644
– Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 26, 2020
Below are the full highlights from James: