On his 36th birthday, LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers was the one who gave out presents to the first in-arena fans he’s seen in almost a year.
James gave out his wristbands to several lucky kids who had the opportunity to watch the Lakers take on the Spurs at the AT&T Stadium on Wednesday.
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The last time Lebron and the Lakers played in front of a live audience was in March, days before the NBA suspended the season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. So a few fans in the stands were definitely a warm sight for all the players, who are used to hearing loud cheers.
It was a relatively easy win for the Purple and Gold, leading by as much as 18 points en route to a 121-107 win, improving their win-loss card to 3-2.
LeBron, who got hefty praise from Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, had 26 points, five rebounds, and eight assists, while Dennis Schroder chipped in 21 points including 3-of-5 three-pointers. Anthony Davis added 20 markers and eight boards.
As an added birthday gift, LeBron also made history by becoming the first player in NBA history to post 1,000 consecutive games with at least 10 points.
Afterward, he told reporters that he doesn’t really think about scoring, but what he can do to help his team win.
“I just go out and try to prepare and be the best every night.”
The Spurs got good production from Dejounray Murray and DeMar DeRozan who had 29 and 23 points, respectively. But they couldn’t hold off the firepower of LeBron James and the defending champions, who dominated almost the entire game.