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Malik Monk addresses LeBron James-Michael Jordan GOAT debate

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LeBron James was spectacular in the Los Angeles Lakers 124-116 overtime win over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. Fresh off his one-game suspension — The King dropped a season-high 39 points, punctuated by an array of ridiculous longer jumpers.

James even whipped out a Sam Cassell Big Balls dance after drilling a three with 1:17 to go in regulation to put the Lakers up by six points.

With less than two minutes to go in overtime, he rained in an extra-deep side-step three — leading him to breaek out a rare (these days) Silencer celebration.

One possession later, LeBron sunk an impossible turnaround fadeaway to ice the ball game.

James was simply not going to let the Lakers lose this game and finish the road trip with a 1-4 record. It was his best performance of the season.

“Being able to close. He’s been doing this his whole career,” Russell Westbrook said.

In general, very few people in basketball history are capable of putting forth as electric a combination of shot-making, determined clutch heroics, and showmanship. LeBron’s Lakers colleagues were not taking his greatness for granted.

In their postgame remarks, Malik Monk and Frank Vogel both discussed LeBron in context with Michael Jordan.

“That’s what he does. That’s why he the GOAT, man,” Monk stated. “I’ve been watching him my whole life. He’s like our Jordan. Our generation. I’m just blessed to be out there with him every day.”

Vogel credited LeBron for honing his turnaround jumper and adding to his repertoire over the years, a la Jordan and Kobe Bryant.

“What LeBron did tonight was a performance for the ages,” Vogel said. “He put on one hell of a show.”

Overall, LeBron made 13-of-29 from the field, shot 5-of-12 from three, and added five rebounds and six assists. Perhaps more impressively, he played center — and orchestrated the defense — for the duration of crunch-time as the Lakers went to an extra-small lineup.

“He knows everything,” Monk said about LeBron’s defensive communication. “He knows every play for every team. He knows what’s coming.”

In his walk-off interview with Spectrum Sportsnet, LeBron admitted that, well, yeah — that’s true.

“I’m able to call all the coverages before teams even get into it,” James said. Must be nice.