Boston Celtics rookie forward Jaylen Brown's first career start was against the Cleveland Cavaliers. That means he knew he would be going head-to-head with the best player in the NBA, LeBron James. Most rookies would dread the prospect of facing a four-time MVP for the first time, but Brown was looking forward to it.
Jaylen Brown says he wants to defend LeBron James because, "If I want to get to that level, I have to go through him."
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 3, 2016
On one possession late in the second quarter, Brown did just that. The 6-foot-7, 225-pound rookie was being guarded by LeBron on the corner of the perimeter. Brown hit LeBron with a quick pump fake, drove the baseline, gave a little bump to create space and flushed a two-handed slam over the King.
Jaylen Brown takes it baseline and throws one down on the Cavs pic.twitter.com/yRPPaGS9dO
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 4, 2016
Not only did Brown dunk on LeBron, he also had a crazy one-handed rebound over Cavs power forward Kevin Love, who is several inches taller.
— NBA (@NBA) November 4, 2016
The Celtics lost 128-122, but Brown was a bright spot. He finished the game with 19 points, five rebounds and three steals, shooting 8-of-16 from the field and 3-of-6 from deep. Before heading to the locker room after the game, LeBron talked with Brown and congratulated him on the great game.
LeBron finds Jaylen Brown following the rook's great game and first starthttps://t.co/3Xpw4F9aat
— Celtics Direct™ (@CelticsDirect) November 4, 2016
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