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.
Knowing that LeBron is one of the best, Brown, the third pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, said he needs to go through LeBron to get to that level of play.
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.
LeBron went for the strip as Brown was jumping, but it was the wrong call and the play ended with two points for the Celtics.
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.
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.
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