NEW YORK — When Brooklyn Nets middle Jarrett Allen determined to contest a dunk attempt by LeBron James on Tuesday, he knew he’d find yourself on social media.

“In case you go up and also you block it, you are going to be on the spotlight. You get dunked on, you are going to be on the spotlight. So simply go up and defend the rim,” Allen stated.

That method led to a outstanding block on James within the first quarter of the Nets’ 115-110 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Allen met James above the rim within the second minute of the sport, rejecting his attempt and placing himself on a brief listing of gamers to block considered one of James’ dunks.

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Jarrett Allen’s enormous denial on LeBron James’s dunk attempt reminds us that LeBron has solely had 9 dunks blocked over his profession.

Allen is barely the eighth participant to block the four-time MVP, who has 1,850 dunk makes an attempt in his profession, in accordance to ESPN Stats & Data. “That is a helluva listing to be on. He is an incredible participant,” Allen, 22, stated. “I bought the possibility to do it, so I am on the listing perpetually now.”

Mentioned James: “He is in his 20s, I am in my 30s, it takes me a bit of longer to get warmed up. However that is nice. I imply, you are a shot blocker. You must, you may, get a block. It occurs. It is in all probability throughout social media, so, that is cool.”

A have a look at the eight different instances LeBron James has been blocked on dunk makes an attempt throughout his NBA profession:
2004 — With Cavs
Suns’ Amar’e Stoudemire: 9:25 left in first quarter at Suns on Nov. 10,
Suns’ Stoudemire: 1:09 left in third quarter vs. Suns on Dec. 1
2005 — With Cavs
Pacers’ Jermaine O’Neal: 11:40 left in first quarter on Dec. 23
2012 — With Warmth
Bobcats’ Gerald Henderson: 5:21 left in first quarter on Dec. 26
2014 — With Warmth
Nets’ Mason Plumlee: 2 seconds left in fourth quarter on April eight
2016 — With Cavs
Pacers’ Myles Turner: four:30 left in fourth quarter on Feb. 1
Pistons’ Andre Drummond: three:34 left in 1st quarter on Nov. 18
2018 — With Cavs
Wizards’ Kelly Oubre Jr.: 2:27 left in first quarter on April 5
All of the blocks: Video right here

Nets coach Kenny Atkinson stated Allen’s block was a catalyst within the Nets’ win.

“I assumed that bought us going. I assumed that bought the gang going,” Atkinson stated. “… I assumed he made an announcement with that block.”

The Nets (14-18) won their sixth straight recreation — an NBA excessive — thanks to Allen’s rim safety, 22 factors and a career-high 13 assists from ex-Laker D’Angelo Russell, and a number of contributions from others.

Brooklyn’s bench — led by Spencer Dinwiddie (18 factors, six assists) and Jared Dudley (13 factors, 5 rebounds) — outscored the Lakers’ reserves, 48-18.

“That is the one method you may have an opportunity to beat this staff, if all people performs properly,” Atkinson stated. “And I assumed they did.”

The Nets final won six video games in 2015.

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