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Video: Jarrett Allen blocks LeBron James’ poster attempt

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The Brooklyn Nets have not had a whole lot of highlights the past few seasons. Well, now, they have one to put on their mantle.

Early in their game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night, Nets big man Jarrett Allen swatted a LeBron James poster dunk attempt into oblivion:

It’s very rare that you see a LeBron dunk attempt like that get swatted. In fact, it’s just the 9th dunk (out of 1,850) that James has had blocked in his career.

As Allen perhaps displayed nationally with his block against LeBron, the second-year center is one of the few bright spots on a Brooklyn team that is pretty bereft of intriguing young talent overall.

Just 20-years-old, Allen entered the night averaging 12.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks over 27.3 minutes per game while shooting 59.6 percent from the floor and 73.6 percent from the free-throw line.

Allen, who played his collegiate basketball at the University of Texas at Austin, was originally selected by the Nets in the first round (22nd pick overall) of the 2017 NBA Draft.

He had an impressive rookie campaign, registering 8.2 points, 5.4 boards and 1.2 blocks across 20 minutes a night, making 58.9 percent of his field-goal attempts and 77.6 percent of his foul shots.

Brooklyn came into Monday’s action with a record of 13-18 and is actually hanging around in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Not that it would be great for the Nets to make the playoffs, as it would ruin their draft position, but the fact that they are even in the hunt is a pretty big surprise.