It was just like old times in Cleveland for LeBron James on Monday.
The Los Angeles Lakers star was back in his home city for the first time since 2018, bringing back the pre-game chalk toss ritual en route to a 46-point performance in a 115-108 win over the Cavaliers.
Twenty-one of his 46 points came in the fourth quarter, where James himself scored more points than the entire Cavs team (19).
He also appeared to have a little extra motivation by the end of the third quarter. After missing a shot at the end of the quarter, James was seen staring down somebody sitting courtside -- Cleveland is one of the few arenas allowing fans inside -- and, as Michael Jordan likes to say, he took it personally.
James said afterward that it was a Cavs front office executive who seemed to be "a little bit too excited about seeing me miss.
"The good thing for him is I only come here once," he added.
The performance made James – 36 years and 26 days old – the oldest player in Lakers history with a 40-point game since Kobe Bryant scored 60 in his final game at 37 years and 234 days old.
Monday’s game also happened to be the eve of the one-year anniversary of Bryant’s death.
It was also the one-year anniversary of when James passed Bryant on the NBA all-time scoring list.
James shot 19 for 26 from the field and finished with eight rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks.
The Lakers improved to 14-4 and 10-0 on the road.