Zion Williamson Sets NBA Milestone Record vs. Lakers Franchise in Pelicans' Loss

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistMarch 2, 2020

NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 1: Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans and LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers look on during the game on March 1, 2020 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. 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 2020 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)
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New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson racked up more career milestones in Sunday's 122-114 loss against LeBron James' Los Angeles Lakers, scoring a career-best 35 points and becoming the first teenager with two 25-plus-point outings against the Purple and Gold.

Williamson and James served up yet another entertaining duel in the 118-109 battle at Staples Center on Feb. 25, as the King recorded a 34-point, 13-assist, 12-rebound triple-double.

Williamson added seven rebounds to his 35 points in 33 minutes. It was his third game with 30 or more points in just 15 total contests.

The 19-year-old has been on a tear in his last seven appearances:

Ballislife.com @Ballislife

ZION WILLIAMSON 🔥 35 PTS (career-high) 12-16 FG 11-13 FT 7 REB He's averaging 29 PTS (61% FG) over his last 7 games. https://t.co/EwQwzYANBm

James and Williamson shared a moment after the game, and the veteran later told reporters he believes it's his responsibility to mentor some of the rising stars in the sport:

Kyle Goon @kylegoon

On his words to Zion, LeBron says he thinks it’s his responsibility to mentor: “Anybody that says, ‘LeBron, why would he do that while he’s playing? He’s showing signs of weakness, he’s buddy-buddy with these guys he’s going against.’ Tell em to kiss my ass. With a smile, too.” https://t.co/pKSSiU5OrN

Williamson opted not to share the advice James gave him after the game, saying: "It definitely means something cuz he's been doing this for 17 years, and his resume speaks for itself. So for him to say that holds something. That's all I can say about that."

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The Pelicans return to action Tuesday when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Smoothie King Center.

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