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LeBron James' 'Masterful' Dominance Has NBA Twitter Hyped as Lakers Beat Hawks

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIDecember 31, 2022

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 30: LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket during the game against the Atlanta Hawks on December 1, 2022 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Adam Hagy/NBAE via Getty Images)
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LeBron James celebrated his 38th birthday with 47 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 130-121 road win over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday.

The ageless 20-year NBA veteran made 18 of 27 field goals and 4 of 6 three-pointers despite starting the game 1 of 5. He notably scored half of his team's 32 fourth quarter points, including 10 in the final four minutes.

Much like Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins, James was a human highlight reel in Atlanta.

Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers

Make way. <a href="https://t.co/swZmncWzTU">pic.twitter.com/swZmncWzTU</a>

Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers

down the lane πŸ‘‘<br><br>πŸ“Ί: (<a href="https://twitter.com/SpectrumSN?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SpectrumSN</a>) <a href="https://t.co/bMUrgKD8mW">pic.twitter.com/bMUrgKD8mW</a>

Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers

HUSTLE PLAY BRON πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ<br><br>go vote right now: <a href="https://t.co/zX32W36Jej">https://t.co/zX32W36Jej</a> <a href="https://t.co/VLljgtvGaj">pic.twitter.com/VLljgtvGaj</a>

Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers

We had the same reaction 😎 <a href="https://t.co/j8sJ9kifPO">pic.twitter.com/j8sJ9kifPO</a>

NBA @NBA

37 PTS FOR LEBRON πŸ—£οΈ<br><br>LAKERS LEAD IN ATLANTA.<br><br>πŸ“² <a href="https://t.co/WjxYAo0Ivs">https://t.co/WjxYAo0Ivs</a> <a href="https://t.co/75Zw6m1drA">pic.twitter.com/75Zw6m1drA</a>

NBA @NBA

A BIRTHDAY 40 PIECE FOR THE πŸ‘‘<br><br>40 PTS (season-high)<br>9 REB<br>9 AST<br><br>LAKERS LEAD 117-113 IN Q4.<br>πŸ“² <a href="https://t.co/WjxYAo0Ivs">https://t.co/WjxYAo0Ivs</a> <a href="https://t.co/UvTJ67YLPU">pic.twitter.com/UvTJ67YLPU</a>

NBA @NBA

LEBRON IS GOING OFF IN ATLANTA 😱<br><br>43 PTS<br>10 REB<br>9 AST<br><br>LAKERS LEAD 120-116 WITH 2 MIN REMAINING<br>πŸ“² <a href="https://t.co/WjxYAo0Ivs">https://t.co/WjxYAo0Ivs</a> <a href="https://t.co/8VweGpx6yu">pic.twitter.com/8VweGpx6yu</a>

Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers

TB to the rim πŸ’₯ <a href="https://t.co/Lc3PlUeIDB">pic.twitter.com/Lc3PlUeIDB</a>

As Lakers reporter Mike Trudell noted, only 11 NBA players have played 20 or more NBA seasons. James also happened to be playing his third game in four nights.

And yet that didn't stop James from posting one of the best individual performances of the season from any NBA player. A host of people offered their praise postgame, including Kevin Durant, Magic Johnson and Pau Gasol.

Kevin Durant @KDTrey5

Masterful 47 I just watched, Lebron James. Masterful…GGz

Pau Gasol @paugasol

Happy 38th birthday <a href="https://twitter.com/KingJames?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KingJames</a>. <br>That's how you celebrate it!! Big time game and big time win!

LakeShowYo @LakeShowYo

LEBRON JAMES GREATEST PLAYER OF ALL MOTHAF*CKING TIME!!!!!!! <a href="https://t.co/88ouOQUxCY">pic.twitter.com/88ouOQUxCY</a>

Kevin O'Connor @KevinOConnorNBA

Don't take LeBron James for granted.

Complex Sports @ComplexSports

LeBron fans watching him score 47 points with 10 rebounds and 9 assists on his 38th birthday<a href="https://t.co/boTU4shfbg">pic.twitter.com/boTU4shfbg</a>

Josiah Johnson @KingJosiah54

LeBron pulling up to his birthday party after beating the Hawks <a href="https://t.co/LDnCqjRdlb">pic.twitter.com/LDnCqjRdlb</a>

Earvin Magic Johnson @MagicJohnson

LeBron James put on a show for his birthday scoring 47 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists in the Lakers 130-121 victory over the Hawks!πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

LeBron Factory @LeBronFactory

LeBron's last 10 Games:<br><br>35 PTS - 5 REB - 5 AST<br>33 PTS - 9 REB - 9 AST<br>30 PTS - 9 REB - 4 AST<br>33 PTS - 7 REB - 9 AST<br>31 PTS - 6 REB - 11 AST<br>34 PTS - 2 REB - 8 AST<br>38 PTS - 6 REB - 5 AST<br>28 PTS - 7 REB - 5 AST<br>27 PTS - 9 REB - 6 AST<br>47 PTS - 10 REB - 9 AST <a href="https://t.co/mDQ4Fn7jt7">pic.twitter.com/mDQ4Fn7jt7</a>

David Aldridge @davidaldridgedc

LeBron.<br><br>47 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, on his 38th birthday.<br><br>Incredible.

James and the Lakers will now visit the Charlotte Hornets on Monday evening before returning home for a stretch of seven of nine games in L.A.