LeBron James and Dillon Brooks engaged in a no-holds-barred showdown during the first quarter of Wednesday night’s game between the Lakers and Rockets, ending in a decisive 128-94 victory for Houston.
The gritty matchup evoked memories of 1990s basketball and continued a rivalry that dates back to last season’s first-round playoff series when Brooks played for the Grizzlies.
In the intense battle, James utilized his strength to aggressively attack the basket, facing tight defense from Brooks. On one occasion, Brooks successfully stripped the ball from James, celebrating the defensive play emphatically.
LeBron and Dillon Brooks going at it 👀 pic.twitter.com/53QhclXZ2w— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 9, 2023
A pregame video captured Brooks, possibly staring down the Lakers’ side of the court, conveying an attempt to intimidate, while another video during the game showcased Brooks and James standing toe-to-toe, engaged in a heated exchange of words.
this is hilarious. pic.twitter.com/reCXJMGpPB— Kelly Iko (@KellyIko) November 9, 2023