CLEVELAND – Chandler Parsons would have none of that talk about him winning his individual matchup with Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James on Friday night.
"Stop it,’’ Parsons said after the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Cavs 108-102 at Quicken Loans Arena.
Parsons tallied 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting and also contributed five rebounds and four assists in 34 minutes. James finished with 12 points on 3-of-6 shooting and added two rebounds and four assists in 26 minutes.
So, who won the Parsons-James showdown?
"Cleveland is very talented, they had some guys out tonight,’’ Parsons said. "But it’s fun to go up against a guy like LeBron.
"They’re going to be a strong team and a heavy favorite in the East, so it was good to come out here and play well.’’
The Cavs played without Kevin Love and ex-Mavs star Shawn Marion. Still, the Mavs were very effective in a game which was the first time their first unit played together this preseason.
"It is preseason and it’s a time to work on what you guys need to work on,’’ Parsons said. "We obviously are pretty new to each other, so any time we get a chance to go out there and play we’re going to get better.
"It was good to finally get all five of us on the court together at the same time.’’
Parsons did find one wrinkle which, if the Mavs overcome it, could help them become a much more proficient squad.
"I think if we all just lock in and focus on the defensive end we can be a great team,’’ Parsons said. "We have so many guys that can score the ball, so many shooters – Dirk (Nowitzki) posting up, Tyson (Chandler) finishing.
"We can do a lot on the offensive end. We just got to put all our effort and energy on the defensive end and we’ll have a lot of potential.’’