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LeBron James overheated Wednesday night in the Lakers’ tough loss to the undermanned Grizzlies.
The King went at it with Memphis “tough guy” Dillon Brooks all evening. The supremely annoying Brooks had the last laugh as the Grizzlies tied up the series (1-1) with a 103-93 win against the Lakers.
The story of the night, if not the Lakers’ massive fumble, was James and Brooks’ on-court beef.
After cutting the Lakers’ deficit to 14 points in the third, LeBron started jawing off at Dillon Brooks. LBJ got in Brooks’ face and Brooks responded by celebrating the Grizzlies’ double-digit lead.
LeBron was visibly ticked off. Brooks kept the antics coming.
Without Ja Morant, who was ruled out for Game 2 with a hand injury, the Lakers were on high alert to snag the win while the Grizzlies are down. But they failed. By halftime, Memphis was clearly the hammer while the Lakers played the nail. Los Angeles went into the break down 59-44.
Wearing a fat “DB” chain in the locker room, Brooks had a final jab for LeBron during postgame interviews. Brooks was asked about the on-court feud.
“I don’t care, he’s old,” Brooks said. “I poke bears. I don’t respect no one until they come and give me 40.”
The Game 2 loss was a real momentum-stopper for the Lakers.
Compounding the loss were some serious lowlights by LA. Lakers center Anthony Davis got stuffed at the rim by 6-foot-5 John Konchar in the second quarter.
The block was brutal.
With Game 3 at The Crypt not scheduled till Saturday, the Grizzlies have a solid shot of welcoming Ja Morant back and taking the series lead.
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