LeBron James on Monday arguably had his best game – yet – of the 2020-21 NBA season.
James broke into the Lakers’ road game against his former team, recording season highs in points (46), field goal percentage (73.1) and 3 point percentage (63.6) in a 115-108 win over the Cavs. He also had eight rebounds and had six assists, two blocks and two steals to help Los Angeles improve to 10-0 on the road this year.
That’s not all: after missing the final blow of the third quarter, James had a brief back-and-forth with a member of the Cavs front office – that he refused to name – helping him reach a fourth quarter of 21 points. It was more than Cleveland as a team (19).
A Cavs fan mocked LeBron for missing a shot in the 3rd quarter, so he comes out in the 4th and scores the entire Cavs squad.
LeBron – 21 points
Cavs – 19 points
– N (@ Nino12x) January 26, 2021
And he did all of this on the eve of the first anniversary of Kobe Bryant’s death. According to ESPN Stats & Info, James has become the oldest Lakers player to score at least 40 points since Bryant scored 60 in his last career game:
LeBron James (36, 26 days) is the Lakers’ oldest player with a 40-point game since Kobe Bryant scored 60 in his last career game. Bryant was 37 years and 234 days old. pic.twitter.com/1GyIotPQAh
– ESPN statistics and information (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 26, 2021
Perhaps it’s fitting that James’ performance came a year to the day after Bryant’s last tweet, in which the superstar tasked James with driving the game forward:
Continue to advance the game @King James. Much respect my brother 💪🏾 # 33644
– Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 26, 2020
Here are James’ strengths: