LeBron James again got the better of Dillon Brooks last night but it was the Houston Rockets that were celebrating after a resounding win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Brooks riled James during last season’s play-offs when, as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies, he labelled the 38-year-old “old”.
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James had the last laugh as the Lakers progressed with ease but Brooks failed to heed the lesson, talking up how he was going to “lock up” the four-time NBA MVP when they met again at the Toyota Center.
The pair roughed it out all night but James was undoubtedly the winner of their personal battle with 18 points, six rebounds and two assists. Brooks had five points, four rebounds and one assist.
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Despite James’ best efforts, however, the injury-hit Lakers slumped to a 128-94 defeat with their record for the season now standing at 3-5. They are also winless on the road.
Asked to assess the team currently, James said: “I don’t have an assessment.
“I mean, we can’t build cohesion if we don’t have our unit. It’s that simple. It’s just, we’re very depleted on the injury side.”
Coach Darvin Ham left James on the bench for the fourth quarter with the game out of reach.
“We’re juggling different circumstances – guys being in and out of the line-up,” Ham said. “But at the end of the day, no one is going to feel sorry for you, especially when you’re a Los Angeles Laker.”