Through 76 career games, Luka Dončić and LeBron James put up remarkably similar numbers. Dončić picked up 21.4 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 6.0 apg, while James had 21.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 5.8 apg.
Fast-forward to Friday: In his 77th career game, the 20-year-old Dončić faced off against his childhood idol for the third time — and it was glorious (Lakers won in OT).
By the numbers:
- Dončić: 31 points, 13 rebounds, 15 assists
- James: 39 points, 12 rebounds, 16 assists
The bottom line: Entering Friday, we knew we were watching the past, present and future of basketball collide (to me, James is the past and the present, while Dončić is the present and the future).
- But to have them become the youngest and oldest players in NBA history to put up 30-10-15 on the same night, let alone in the same game, was so perfect it almost felt scripted.