LeBron James and Dwyane Wade entered Monday night knotted at 15-15 in head to head matchups and in the end it was James' Lakers that prevailed 108-105.
The close friends are both just over a quarter of the way into their 16th professional seasons. The two future Hall of Famers won two championships together and it's unlikely they'll ever play against each other again, at least as NBA players.
Wade decided to have "one last dance" with Miami this year, playing for the team that drafted him back in 2003. James is still going strong in year 16, and his last battle with his friend was close all the way to the very end.
James recorded 28 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists in the contest. Kyle Kuzma chipped in 33 points in the Lakers' win.
Wade was ice cold to start and missed his first five field goals. He finished with 15 points on 6-of-19 shooting.
Justise Winslow ended up being the driving force that kept the Heat in the game. He finished with a career-high 28 points. While Wade wasn't at his best, the Staples Center cheered him on to celebrate the end of his successful career.
Studs of the Night
Anthony Davis registered a bounce-back performance with 41 points on 17-of-34 shooting in the Pelicans' 113-100 loss to the Celtics.
Luke Kennard scored a career-high 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting in a 116-102 loss to the 76ers.
Paul George scored 31 points on a super efficient 8-of-10 shooting in a 122-113 victory for the Thunder over the Jazz. George connected on five of his six 3-point attempts.
Tobias Harris scored 33 points on 11-of-19 shooting in a 123-119 overtime victory for the Clippers over the Suns.
Duds of the Night
Cedi Osman played 30 minutes for the Cavaliers but he scored eight points on 3-of-13 shooting in a 108-92 loss to the Bucks.
Markieff Morris scored six points on 2-of-11 shooting in the Wizards' 109-101 loss to the Pacers.
Luke Doncic had a meme-worthy celebration after he threaded the needle to find DeAndre Jordan for this huge dunk in the Mavericks' win over the Magic.
Jaren Jackson Jr. sliced through the Nuggets' defense from the right wing and threw down this lefty slam.
Trailblazers (15-11) at Rockets (11-14) 8 p.m. ET — Both Portland and Houston have lost three of their last five games. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum have been performing at a high level but their supporting cast hasn't been good enough to get the job done lately. James Harden is one of the NBA's top scorers, but the Rockets have struggled with depth on the wing and at the point guard spot. The Rockets expect Brandon Knight to play Tuesday for the first time since his 2017 ACL surgery.