Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James put on a show on Thursday night (Friday IST) at the Staples Center. Despite his side succumbing to their 12th defeat of the campaign to Houston Rockets, LeBron James gave the fans a moment to savour when he registered two powerful dunks in the span of just three minutes.
James is in his 17th season in the NBA. However, the 35-year-old stunned fans with his immaculate dunking skills. Eagle-eyed fans quickly took to social media to compare his latest dunk to Kobe Bryant's classic reverse dunk.
During the third quarter of the game, Lakers launched a quick counter on Rockets, resulting in LeBron James running free towards the basket. The 35-year-old received the ball before unleashing a huge leap and finishing it off in style with a flamboyant reverse dunk. While fans remained stunned for a while, many started suggesting if James paid homage to the Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.
Lakers shared a video on social media showcasing both the signature dunks side by side. You can watch it here:
Same arena. Same basket. Same dunk. 19 years apart. 💜💛 pic.twitter.com/fj7HRmqv3c— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) February 8, 2020
LeBron James finished the game with 18 points and a whopping 15 assists. Anthony Davis registered 32 points and 13 rebounds. However, a stellar performance from Rockets star Russell Westbrook meant that Houston came out on top at the Staples Center.
Kobe Bryant, who lost his life along with his daughter Gianna and seven others in a tragic helicopter crash, was honoured by the Lakers before their game against Portland Trail Blazers on February 1. LeBron James also delivered an emotional speech during the tribute.
“So in the words of Kobe Bryant, ‘Mamba Out,’ but in the words of us, ‘Not forgotten.’ Live on, brother.”@KingJames delivers a heartfelt speech about his friend Kobe Bryant during the Lakers' pre-game ceremony. 💜💛— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) February 1, 2020