The first meeting between superstar LeBron James and rookie phenom Zion Williamson lived up to the hype.
There were vicious throwdown dunks, beautiful passes, crazy rebounds and big shots, all throughout a back-and-forth game where Zion's Pelicans would not quit.
LeBron didn't take his first matchup against the rookie lightly, going for a season-high 40 points to lead the Lakers to a 118-109 victory. Williamson didn't back down from The King either, going for 29 points.
If you missed any of this duel, we had you covered with all the best highlights below!
LeBron James and Zion Williamson highlight reel
The main events have entered the building.
Zion and LeBron are ready to face off 👀@PelicansNBA vs. @Lakers // 10pm ET on TNT pic.twitter.com/3edEnnsc4H- NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 26, 2020
That didn't take long. Zion Williamson coming through!
ZION HAMMER 🔨 pic.twitter.com/TkYUS6fWlI- NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 26, 2020
Alex Caruso drops it through his legs and LeBron James slams it on Josh Hart!
LEBRON SHOWS NO MERCY 😳 pic.twitter.com/wdFFUWl8W9- NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 26, 2020
Zion Williamson swindles his way past Kyle Kuzma for a nifty finish in transition.
Zion with the crafty finish over Kuzma at the rim and the Pelicans take the lead! pic.twitter.com/1voiitt58v- New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) February 26, 2020
Lonzo Ball finds Zion Williamson on the alley-oop!
ZO AND ZION PUTTING ON A SHOW pic.twitter.com/wCOd2u2ELh- New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) February 26, 2020
Halftime: Lakers 64, Pelicans 58
LeBron James: 15 points (7-11 FG, 1-4 3PT), 4 rebounds, 4 assists
Zion Williamson: 17 points (6-10 FG), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal
LeBron James iso'd the rookie and buried a 3-ball. He's amidst a personal 11-0 run, taking over the game.
Bron isolated Zion 💰 pic.twitter.com/TNJYU9zOU0- Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 26, 2020
Three triples in the first two minutes of the half. Are you not entertained? 👑👑👑 pic.twitter.com/hiwBhDAtjV- Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) February 26, 2020
LeBron James slams it on Jrue Holiday!
King James (28 PTS) punches it home for the @Lakers! 😤- NBA (@NBA) February 26, 2020
Watch on TNT pic.twitter.com/Dj2gnZGcxL
It doesn't even have to be a dunk to be wowed by Zion Williamson. This rebound is insane.
🤯 pic.twitter.com/fX7nNuhSIY- NBA (@NBA) February 26, 2020
This isn't a highlight, but it's worth noting. Zion Williamson joins Carmelo Anthony for the longest 20-point streak by a teenager in NBA history.
Zion Williamson has scored 20 points in 9 straight games.- ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 26, 2020
According to @EliasSports, that's tied with Carmelo Anthony (who did so twice) for the longest 20-point streak by a teenager in NBA history. pic.twitter.com/vKscu6cFEe
LeBron James puts the bow on this one with a double-clutch dunk.
LBJ throw-down.. LBJ lay-in to get to a new season-high 40! #LakeShow- NBA (@NBA) February 26, 2020
📺: @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/wgZQ7j5BZ1
And what would this memorable night at the STAPLES Center be without a little Kobe Bryant tribute?
LeBron James is the first player with a 40-point game in his 17th season (or later) since Kobe Bryant in 2013. pic.twitter.com/rJfwlSUBSM- StatMuse (@statmuse) February 26, 2020
Final: Lakers 118, Pelicans 109
LeBron James: 40 points (17-27 FG, 5-11 3PT), 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 block
Zion Williamson: 29 points (8-18 FG), 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal