LeBron James is having yet another incredible year. At 33, he’s averaging 27.4 points and 8.6 rebounds (both above his career averages) and a career-high 9.1 assists per game, and he’s doing so despite a team that was reconstructed on the fly midseason. He’s averaging 30.5 points, 9.6 rebounds and 9.5 assists in 37 minutes per game this month, and told Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press he’d vote for himself for MVP (and he has a case, even though he probably won’t win). And in Wednesday night’s game against the Charlotte Hornets, he reached double-digit points for the 866th consecutive game, tying Michael Jordan’s 17-year-old mark (and doing so in the second quarter against the team Jordan owns). But that wasn’t the LeBron moment that got the most attention Wednesday. That might be this attempted dunk he thought better of halfway up, which spawned quite the jokes:
LeBron pulled the hammer back ??? pic.twitter.com/MqiuAkMVSv
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) March 28, 2018
Bron really wanted to throw that down ? pic.twitter.com/2K8snJTI3R
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 28, 2018
When power goes out during Trek marathon. https://t.co/1g07DSaKGd
— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) March 28, 2018
Me when the three dots appear at 2 AM but then they go away pic.twitter.com/7r1Mcmcnxv
— J.R.ob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) March 28, 2018
LeBron was heated?, mid-air
— NBA RETWEET (@RTNBA) March 29, 2018
However, there were plenty of ridiculous positive highlights from James too. Such as this no-look pass from one knee:
LeBron James with the no-look pass on one knee. ?pic.twitter.com/sPtydK48Jb
— Leading NBA (@LeadingNBA) March 29, 2018
Or this bounce pass in to Rodney Hood:
Or this put-back dunk:
LeBron with the put back dunk like he's back 15 yrs ago playing the McDonalds All-American Game tonight. pic.twitter.com/CusNVU6Ssg
— Andrew Jerell Jones (@sluggahjells) March 29, 2018
Or these second-quarter dunks, and a three:
— NBA (@NBA) March 29, 2018
Or this zany baseline pass:
What the hell even is this pass? Just stop it LeBron pic.twitter.com/8T2w2w2E2Q
— Mike Zavagno (@MZavagno11) March 29, 2018
Or the later baseline pass the other way:
LeBron pulled a Steph Curry walk-away after this pass. ? pic.twitter.com/Vq6PlwHfYQ
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) March 29, 2018
Or this further steal and dunk to pass Kevin Garnett in career steals:
Steal and stuff!
— NBA (@NBA) March 29, 2018
And he put up over 30 points, matching another Jordan record:
There it is. LeBron ties Michael in consecutive double digit games AND 30-point games against the Hornets. On the same night. And Michael owns the team.
— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) March 29, 2018
And received a standing ovation and MVP chants from the road crowd:
LeBron is getting a standing ovation and MVP chants in Charlotte. This is patently absurd.
— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) March 29, 2018
James finished with 41 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. And even his missed dunk was pretty cool. Not a bad night at all. But of course that’s not enough to impress Skip Bayless:
LeBron: You can put on all the regular-season shows you want against the sorry team owned by the GOAT. But you will never, ever be a better player than Michael Jordan was. It's over. HE is the real King.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) March 29, 2018
Judging by how hard Bayless is getting dunked on, though, LeBron had the much better night.