“At 37, We’ve Never Seen Before!” | LeBron James Drops 56 Points On Warriors Because Y’all Musta Forgot

LeBron James had a “put some respek on my name” moment, dropping 56 points against the Golden State Warriors.

He had a ‘y’all musta forgot” moment that slapped like an uppercut from Roy Jones.

The “King” made sure to tell Lakers nation that the Golden State Warriors would fall, and hard, to the rhythm of his beat in his house.

Although the two teams battled all night in what amounted to a “do it like you’re doing it for TV” performance like Mase during the Bad Boy era, James stole the show.

The Lake Show

The Lakers won 124-116, which ended a four-game losing streak as the 37-year-old from Akron, Ohio, unloaded 56 points. In addition, the performance was his highest-scoring game as a member of the Lakers.

James did it with his usual panache and timing more than the win. At one end of the court, James is joking with the sideline reporting crew of Magic Johnson, Stephen A. Smith, Mike Greenberg, and Jalen Rose.

On another end, he is walking past Los Angeles Rams Super Bowl-winning QB Matthew Stafford and saying, “I can’t have you in the building and not put on a show.”

King James

The lights-out action is now the third-highest scoring game of James’ career, replete with three straight triples in the fourth quarter. It turned the game around for the Lakers, who hadn’t been in the lead since the second quarter.

The Lakers handed the Golden State Warriors their fourth consecutive loss amid a time when the world is complaining about the team daily. What was once perceived as the ultimate superteam lineup, albeit past their respective primes, is now the NBA’s whipping boys.

However, even other members of the Lakers stepped up, influenced by the energy James used to electrify the building.

Veteran Pressure

Based on his performance of late as a Laker, Russell Westbrook, who has recently been rumored to be destined for the bench, delivered a solid 20 point effort. Add four rebounds and four assists, and Russ made a difference.

Throw in Carmelo Anthony, who off the bench dropped 14 points with eight rebounds and, with a little over 30 seconds in the fourth, hit a three that clinched the win.

Although Steph Curry scored 30 points and four rebounds, it wasn’t enough. The Warriors have now lost eight of their past ten games, and this latest game will now always feel like James’ opus to excellence.

Overdeliver

“LeBron James willed the @Lakers to victory tonight, scoring 56 points and 10 rebounds!! He continues to overdeliver on a nightly basis and do things on the basketball court, at 37, we’ve never seen before!” said Earvin “Magic” Johnson on Twitter.

James shot 19-for-31 — a 61.3 percentage — was 6-for-11 on three-pointers, and 12 of 13 on free throws

With all the chatter about how bad the Lakers are despite their cavalcade of superstars, James put a stamp on his legacy last night to remind the world who he is.

That Guy

He’s the guy who brought a championship to Cleveland after leaving to become a champion in South Florida, the guy who redefined athletic activism and challenged the league; the guy who looked the media in the face and said he would remain uninterrupted.

Last night, he was the guy who taught everyone again that he is one of the best, if not the best, to play the game of basketball.


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Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.