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