Grizzlies’ Dillon Brooks rips LeBron James after chippy game


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Dillon Brooks has never been one to shy away from controversy – and he’s not starting now.

The Grizzlies forward put on a trash-talking clinic against LeBron James and the Lakers on Wednesday night during their 103-93 Game 2 win, getting into a number of confrontations with James as he guarded him for most of the night.

Notably, at the end of the game, Brooks hit a dagger 3-pointer in James’ face to help seal the series-tying victory for Memphis, and stared the Lakers star down as he ran back down the court.

Dillon Brooks
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After the game, Brooks was asked about the back-and-forth with James – and did not hold back.

“I don’t care,” Brooks said. “He’s old.

“I poke bears. I don’t respect no one until they come and give me 40.”

James did score a game-high 28 points on 52 percent shooting from the field, with much of that scoring happening with Brooks defending him.

In the third quarter, James hit a shot over Brooks, then chirped back at him as the two ran down the floor.

LeBron James handles the ball against Dillon Brooks
LeBron James handles the ball against Dillon Brooks
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Brooks seemed to take the chirping well, clapping in James’ face after a time out had been called.

The Grizzlies gutted out a tough win over the Lakers in Game 2 without star point guard Ja Morant, evening the series at 1-1.

Brooks finished the game with 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting in 23 minutes.

Game 3 is scheduled for Saturday night.

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