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LeBron James Cheers Up Lakers Fans With ‘Too Small’ Celebration Against Dillon Brooks
- LeBron James dropped 37 points as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Houston Rockets
- The 38-year-old trolled Dillon Brooks after scoring on him in the third quarter
- James and Brooks have been going at it for months now
LeBron James was on fire in Los Angeles Lakers narrow 105-104 win over the Houston Rockets at Crypto.com Arena. The 38-year-old finished with 37 points as the Lakers registered their fifth win in six games.
In the dying seconds of the third quarter, he mocked his nemesis Dillon Brooks with the 'too small' celebration after making a tough layup.
James and Brooks's history is not long, but it is full of drama. It started during the 2023 NBA playoffs when Brooks was a member of the Memphis Grizzlies.
After the Grizzlies beat the Lakers in Game 2 of the first round, Brooks made controversial comments about James, which saw him get widespread condemnation. Boorks was ejected in game 3 for hitting James in the groin area.
“I poke bears — I don’t respect no one until they come and give me 40 (points),” via the Athletic.
“I don’t care — he’s old,” Brooks said. “I was expecting him to (talk trash), Game 4, Game 5.”
James didn't drop 40 points on Brooks, but he and the Lakers eliminated the Grizzlies in six games. James averaged 22.4 points and 11.2 rebounds in that series.
James trolls Brooks
James played 40 minutes and finished 37 points, including the go-ahead free throw with 1.9 seconds left. The four-time NBA champion scored 13 of his points in the fourth quarter. James is currently averaging 26.4 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 6.5 assists in 13 NBA games this season.
James was hit with a technical foul in the second quarter for pushing Brooks.
Late in the third quarter, James made a difficult layup while Brooks was defending him before doing the 'too small' gesture. The veteran said his back and forth with Brooks is competition.
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"That's competition. Those young guys, they get me going. So, I need that," via ESPN.
Brooks finished with 24 points on 43% shooting from the field. After winning six straight games, the Rockets have now lost their last two games.
The Lakers are now 6th in the Western Conference with a 8-6 record, while the Rockets are 7th with a 6-5 record.
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James on his NBA scoring record
Sports Brief earlier reported on James naming a few players who could surpass his scoring record.
The Lakers star said that Kevin Durant is the most likely player to outdo him because of his versatility on the court. Durant is currently 15th on the all-time scoring list and may climb up before he retires.
He also added that the likes of Luka Doncic, Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Irving have a chance if they stay healthy.