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Luka’s time will come, but LeBron showed he’s still the man in Lakers’ runaway win

The way LeBron James played Friday night at American Airlines Center, it brought back memories of former Mavericks’ coach Don Nelson from the early 2000s.

He was asked before a game who was going to guard Shaquille O’Neal.

“I’m not sure,” he responded, “but whoever does is probably going to get his butt kicked.”

That was the case with James on Friday as he proved that it’s still his NBA world and the rest of the league – Luka Doncic included – is just waiting their turn while they watch his wondrous talents.

The 35-year-old James was sensational with 35 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists as he and Kyle Kuzma led the Los Angeles Lakers to a dominating 129-114 victory over the Mavericks, which dropped them to 2-3 on this home stand that ends Saturday against Philadelphia.