Celtics' Jaylen Brown: Poster Dunk on Lakers' LeBron James Was 'Pretty Nice'

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJanuary 21, 2020

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 20: Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics dunks over LeBron James #23 and Danny Green #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden on January 20, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeat the Lakers 139-107.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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During the Boston Celtics' 139-107 blowout win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night, Jaylen Brown put LeBron James on a poster, which was surely a career highlight.  

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

JAYLEN BROWN ON LEBRON 🤯 https://t.co/yHkLXloIro

After the game, Brown admitted he enjoyed the moment:

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps

Jaylen Brown on his dunk on LeBron: “Just being aggressive and made a play at the rim. ... I’m not gonna lie. It was pretty nice.” Agreed with Tatum that Tatum’s dunk in the playoffs over LeBron was a better one.

It was a strong game from Brown overall as he finished with 20 points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals in 32 minutes. 

And now he can say he's dunked over James just like teammate Jayson Tatum, who caught the King during Game 7 of the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals when James still played for the Cleveland Cavaliers

That's a bragging-rights moment in any player's career. 

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have both GIFed LeBron James in their young careers. That's something those guys can talk about forever.

Dan Favale @danfavale

Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum now that they've both posterized LeBron https://t.co/y0HRH9AsNa

Of course, Tatum still believed his dunk was better:

Mike Petraglia @Trags

"That was a helluva play by Jaylen." Jayson Tatum on Brown dunk on LeBron. But adds with a smile his on LeBron in 2017 ECF was better. #Celtics https://t.co/M3qkK94Qri

And James took it all in stride:

Brown is having an excellent fourth season, averaging 20.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists while shooting 49.1 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from three. That likely relates to him enjoying the game this season after appearing to lose his joy on the court during Boston's disappointing 2018-19 campaign. 

"I kind of got pushed to the side, and that kind of messed with my confidence a little bit," Brown told B/R's Yaron Weitzman regarding his struggles last year. "Not only did I start not believing in myself that much, but I started overthinking, and that's when anxiety and stuff came in. It took me a while to get out of that."

"Sometimes you're as good as the role you're in," he added.

The Celtics appeared to have chemistry issues all season long last year, with not enough basketballs to go around for Brown, Tatum, Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward and Al Horford, among others. This year, the team's chemistry appears to be much better, and the result has been a 28-14 record and an All-Star-worthy campaign from Brown. 

And a highlight-reel dunk over James, too.


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