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LeBron James Showers Zion Williamson With Praise After Epic Duel

Tyler Maher
LeBron James praised Zion Williamson after their intense battle on Wednesday night.
LeBron James praised Zion Williamson after their intense battle on Wednesday night. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Wednesday's Western Conference clash between the New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers pitted two of the NBA's best players against each other in Zion Williamson and LeBron James.

The showdown didn't disappoint, as the two stars dueled to the final buzzer in LA's 120-117 overtime victory.

After the game, James had nothing but praise for Williamson.

Williamson clearly impressed James after tallying 27 points with 7 assists and 5 rebounds in 37 minutes of action. James responded with a near triple double, finishing with 20 points, 10 boards and 8 assists.

While he's only 22 and in his third NBA season, Williamson already seems destined for greatness. The first overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft has had his career interrupted by injuries and the pandemic, but he's been phenomenal when healthy. Across 90 career games, Williamson has averaged 25.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game while shooting 59.8% from the floor.

If Williamson can stay healthy, the sky's the limit. He's already off to a strong start this year, so he just needs to keep it up and continue to improve as he matures, like James did.

The big power forward is tied with Trae Young and Damian Lillard for the 11th-best MVP odds on FanDuel Sportsbook's NBA odds. Meanwhile, James is 16th at +6500.

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