Le­Bron’s new record

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT BASKETBALL, NETBALL -

LE­BRON James’s first game against the War­riors as a Laker drew nearly two mil­lion view­ers, mak­ing it ESPN’s most­watched pre­sea­son game ever.

The Lak­ers’ 123-113 vic­tory on Wed­nes­day night in Las Ve­gas was watched by 1.98 mil­lion view­ers, the net­work said this week. A spokesman said that is the most view­ers for an NBA pre­sea­son game on any net­work since at least 1994, which is as far back as the records go.

James de­vel­oped a ri­valry with the War­riors while meet­ing them in a record four straight NBA Fi­nals while he played for Cleve­land.

His move to Los An­ge­les in July put him in the same divi­sion as the two-time de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons.

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