Rockets' Dillon Brooks gets payback on LeBron James

Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets
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Wednesday night's matchup between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers had been hyped up by those who wanted to see Dillon Brooks square off against LeBron James again. The two had some testy battles last season that generally resulted in LeBron getting the best of Brooks.

Especially during last year's playoffs.

Brooks, who isn't afraid to speak his mind, seemed to have bit on more than he could chew, as James averaged 22.2 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 5.2 assists.

James took to Instagram to rub it in after the Grizzlies were defeated 4-2.

This proved to be Brooks' final memory in a Grizzlies uniform, as they decided to let him walk during free agency. Brooks got his first opportunity to face LeBron again this season and made his intentions clear leading up to the game.

Houston Rockets' Dillon Brooks finally got the last laugh over LeBron James.

Brooks was the primary defender on James and held the star forward to nine points on 3-of-8 from the floor, good for a measly 37.5 percent, and two turnovers. Making matters worse was James' 46.1 true shooting percentage, which is abysmal for one of the greatest players of all time.

Brooks used his physicality on James and made him work for the few buckets that he did get. James constantly whined and hoped to be bailed out by the officials, who allowed Brooks to rough up the NBA legend.

Lakers coach Darvin Ham also tried his luck at getting the referees to call more fouls in the Lakers' favor. To no avail.

Brooks stripped James several times and let him hear about it afterwards.

Dillon also trolled James early in the game, per usual.

All in all, James finished with a modest 18 points on 7-of-13 and was a -24 for the Lakers, which was second-worst on the team. The Rockets cruised to an easy 128-94 victory, which was over by the end of the first quarter.

Brooks had five points on just six shots, as he was applying his full energy and effort on defending James.