LeBron dethroned in battle of LA
LeBron James may be "The King", but it's the Los Angeles Clippers who own the bragging rights in Los Angeles after claiming a 112-102 victory over the Lakers on the opening night of the 2019/20 NBA season.
The game looked to be heading for a thrilling finish with both teams tied up at 85 heading into the final quarter, but down the stretch it was the Clippers who came up big.
defensively the Clippers showed they're a forced to be reckoned with as they held James and new superstar teammate Anthony Davis to a combined two points in the fourth.
New Clippers star and reigning NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard led the charge with a game high 30 points to go along with six rebounds and five assists.
But as it was last season for the Clippers, it was the bench unit that delivered big time with the second unit combining for 60 points, 22 rebounds and 11 assists.
James fell just shy of recording an opening night triple-double with 18 points, nine rebounds and eigh assists, but had the spotlight stolen by teammate Danny Green.
Making his Los Angeles Lakers debut, Green ended with a team-high 28 points. Giving him the record for the most points in Lakers debut history.
Prior to the game Leonard and Hollywood legend Arnold Schwarzenegger put together one of the strangest cross-promotional clips that's graced the internet recently.
The 2019 NBA Finals MVP starred in a video promoting the release of Schwarzenegger's new film Terminator: Dark Fate - and it's a lot to take in.
The ad also doesn't hide its dual promotional goal of publicising the new NBA season, which kicked off on Wednesday, featuring the highly anticipated Battle of Los Angeles showdown between Leonard's Clippers and LeBron James' Lakers.
The ad was shown in the United States on Wednesday (AEDT) during the pre-game coverage of Leonard's Clippers debut, screened on ESPN.
Hollywood studio Twentieth Century Fox, the Terminator film's distributor, and ESPN are both owned by parent company Disney.
The video features Schwarzenegger cracking several gags about fellow Terminator Leonard, who has earned the killer reputation for his heroics during the 2019 playoffs, including his famous Game 7 buzzer-beater winner against Ben Simmons' Philadelphia.
The video also pokes fun at Leonard's hauntingly robotic laugh - further evidence of his Terminator links.
The ad also features new Clippers star Paul George and actor Linda Hamilton, who famously plays Sarah Connor in the iconic Terminator film franchise.
According to reports, Clippers fans warmly received the clip when it was shown inside their Staples Centre stadium before their season opener - but not everyone was a fan of the woody acting, less than subtle advertising strategies or Leonard's haunting laugh.
The video was the perfect warm-up act to the highly anticipated season opener in Los Angeles with both the Clippers and Lakers expected to compete for the NBA title this season in one of tightest Western Conference showdowns the league has seen.
ESPN released its own publicity clip about the showdown this week.
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