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Rim protection from Anthony Davis won a game for the Lakers

LOS ANGELES -- LeBron James destroyed Nemanja Bjelica with a dunk in the first half Friday. Obliterated him. Might have well have turned Bjelica's No. 88 uniform on its side and sent him off to infinity, and beyond.

It was a career highlight-reel worthy throwdown for James on the same day he declared at shootaround that he, at 34, is like New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, at 42: timeless.

"Me and Tom Brady are one in the same," he said at shootaround. "We're going to play until we can't walk no more.