LeBron James found out he's older than Utah coach 0:21

(CNN) -- For an NBA great like LeBron James, there are small moments on the court that define his greatness as much as any statistic.

James relished that moment Saturday in the LA Lakers' 107-97 win over the Houston Rockets, when he ran over the defense and made an incredible 360-degree invert basket, before falling to the ground where he lost track of the ball.

But "the fans let me know that I made it," he later told reporters. "And then my teammates, running around the court or what they did there, allowed me to see it on the Jumbrotron (screen) because it stopped the game because of technique."

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As the team frantically celebrated along with the crowd, some even putting their hands to their heads in disbelief, Christian Wood received a technical for jumping onto the court from the bench for his excitement.

Social media also exploded with disbelief and astonishment; One user called him an "artist," others described him as "unreal" or "crazy." As of Sunday morning, the moment had received more than 1.2 million views on the NBA's X account alone, formerly Twitter.

But for all the disbelief, there was a sense of conformity with normalcy. After all, even at nearly 39 years old and in his 21st NBA season, LeBron is still LeBron, and his presence on the court is still capable of transforming games and generating headlines.


And like the true greats, he can transform his image on the court through moments like this, revealing himself as LeBron the icon with all his brilliant accomplishments, as well as simply LeBron the player.

LeBron James controls the ball against Houston Rockets' Dillon Brooks in the first quarter. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

"That's up to the task, that's what you expect from him," coach Darvin Ham told reporters afterward. "But what's most impressive is what stage of his career he's doing. He seems to be breaking barriers every day."

James added 16 points and seven assists, while Anthony Davis had 27 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Lakers to victory.

"It was a crazy shot," Davis said. "At this point in his career, he's done everything that literally just goes out, tries things out and sees what works."

James later became embroiled in a tense encounter with Rockets head coach Ime Udoka, who was later ejected.

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