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November 2, 2019

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LeBron James didn’t exactly pass the torch to Luka Doncic on Friday night, but the NBA’s reigning king and one of its most promising young players put on an individual showcase for the ages in Dallas. As the Lakers stole a dramatic 119-110 overtime win, James and Doncic became the first opponents to each post triple-doubles with at least 15 assists in NBA history.

James finished with 39 points (on 13-of-23 shooting), 16 assists, 12 rebounds, and the win to move the Lakers to 4-1. Doncic finished with 31 points (on 10-of-23 shooting), 15 assists, 13 rebounds, and the respect of James. The entire country got to witness the show under the bright lights of ESPN. Watch all the highlights here. (READ MORE) by

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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James gestures as he walks back to the bench during the closing seconds of overtime in the team’s NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

LeBron James faced the crowd and sidestepped his way up the floor after a punctuating 3-pointer in overtime made possible by Danny Green’s buzzer-beating 3 in regulation.

The Lakers star took an extra peek toward the national TV crew at center court, perhaps to gauge the entertainment value of the first matchup of the 15-time All-Star alongside Anthony Davis against Dallas’ young European pair of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis.

The extra period was anticlimactic — but didn’t really take away from the second half that preceded it.

Davis started overtime with back-to-back dunks after Green’s corner 3, and the Lakers beat the Mavericks 119-110 on Friday night amid matching triple-doubles from James and Doncic, the Slovenian who grew up admiring the four-time MVP. (READ MORE) by SCHUYLER DIXON | US NEWS

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The first time he played against his idol, LeBron James, Luka Doncic waited outside the Lakers’ locker room afterward to ask James for his jersey.

What a stark difference Friday night was at American Airlines Center. At game’s end, after a 119-110 Lakers overtime victory in which both James and Doncic exploded for mind-boggling triple-double numbers, it was James who sought out Doncic on the court.

After James gave Doncic a hug, an ESPN microphone caught The King remarking to Cool Hand Luka that he is a “bad MF” — except that James didn’t abbreviate it.

“That was just some crazy stuff for me,” Doncic said. “I’ve been following him, he was my idol since the beginning. Now I can play against him, play a game like that, the words he said after the game were just something real special for me.” (READ MORE) by Brad Townsend | Dallas News

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