Call it the old guard meeting the new school - LeBron James and Luka Doncic wrote an entry in the history books when the Lakers took on the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.
The Dallas Mavericks, led by reigning NBA Rookie of the Year, Doncic, put on a show against James’ Los Angeles Lakers, but the Euro superstar more than met his match in the 17-year veteran.
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It was the Lakers who took control of overtime to score a 119-110 victory over the Mavericks, but the story of the game was the back and forth between Doncic and James.
Luka Doncic & LeBron James became the youngest & oldest players in NBA history to put up a 30-10-15, and they did it in the same game. #NBAVault— NBA History (@NBAHistory) November 2, 2019
Both players tallied 30-point triple doubles, becoming the oldest and youngest players ever to put up 30 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists.
Fittingly, both wrote their place in history on the same night, in a pulsating back and forth affair that frequently saw the pair go head to head down the stretch.
James gave it up for the Doncic after the game, caught on camera calling the Mavericks ace a ‘bad motherf***er’ as the pair shook hands after the game.
“That was some crazy stuff for me,” Doncic told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.
“He was my idol from the beginning. I can play against him and play a game like that, and the words that he said after the game were something that were very special for me.”
Luka Doncic was quite flattered by LeBron James telling him he’s a “bad motherf—er” after their triple-double duel. pic.twitter.com/cOtJOChMZo— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) November 2, 2019
The match followed one what will be remembered as one of the weirder moments of the season, when someone, purporting to be a reporter, affected a bizarre comedy accent and asked James in a pre-game interview how he would counter Doncic’s ‘razzmatazz hop skiddily-doo’.
Breaking news: LeBron James not sure if the Lakers can stop Luka’s razzmatazz hop skiddily-doo. pic.twitter.com/nDwo0NZaa9— Michael Mulford (@TheMulf) November 1, 2019
Patty Mills detonates against injury-struck Warriors
Patty Mills finished just shy of his best NBA points tally as his San Antonio side heaped more misery on struggling Golden State in the NBA.
Boomers point guard Mills drained 31 points in his 22 minutes including six three-pointers as the Spurs ran out 127-110 winners at the Chase Centre in San Francisco.
It was three points short of his biggest haul, seven years ago, also against the Warriors.
The game was an indication of the uphill battle facing Golden State without talisman Steph Curry, who underwent surgery after breaking his left hand Wednesday against Phoenix.
The Warriors drop to 1-4 for the season while the Spurs are 4-1.