LeBron James shows up to Duke-Virginia to see Zion Williamson

This breathtaking Zion Williamson block shouldn't be possible

Duke's Cam Reddish sinks a three-pointer over Virginia's Kyle Guy on Saturday in Charlottesville.

LeBron James is a huge basketball fan and his Los Angeles Lakers are on an Eastern Conference road trip, so he chose to head to Charlottesville, Virginia to watch Zion Williamson and the Duke Blue Devils against the No. 3 ranked Virginia Cavaliers.

In the most anticipated game of the weekend, No. 3 Virginia plays host to No. 2 Duke tonight at 6PM ET.

Here's why the shots were open: Since the Blue Devils (21-2, 9-1) scored 46 points in the paint and penetrated at will against them last month, the Cavaliers were obsessed with clogging the paint Saturday. De'Andre Hunter is leading the team with 14.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest.

"It's a little bit deflating when they're banging 3s and you're trying to keep them out of the lane", Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. "But we did jam the lane, so we got that going for us". While RJ Barrett posted an impressive 26 points with seven rebounds and three assists, Williamson was second on the team in scoring with 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

Adding solid 3-point shooting to a team that is already one of the nation's top offensive teams, plus a team that has proven adept defensively, only adds to Duke's wow factor.

Duke enters Saturday as one of two remaining undefeated road teams, joining top-ranked Tennessee.

Guy and Ty Jerome each had 16 points to lead Virginia. Virginia is putting up 72.9 points per game on offense this season while shooting 47.7 percent from the field.

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Jerome was in the starting lineup for the 'Hoos, after missing the previous game against NC State with a sore back. By the time he got it off, Williamson came flying at him and knocked the shot several rows deep, one of his three blocks. The Blue Devils lead the series, 41-34, in Charlottesville (5-3 at John Paul Jones Arena)... "They're outstanding, and we're really good, too".

"I didn't notice until probably the second half". The 7-foot-1 redshirt sophomore made a three-pointer and delivered a pass into a tight window to Braxton Key for a layup that trimmed the deficit to 54-49 with 12:19 to play.

But Duke turned the ball over on its final two possessions of the half and took a 39-35 lead at halftime.

"It's the best we've shot from the three-point, and obviously, it's a huge difference", Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "It was really kind of neat to see the kids step up that way".

The Blue Devils led wire-to-wire in the victory at JPJ, and they hit 13-of-21 three-pointers against the Pack Line defense (61.9 percent).

"They're very talented players, love watching them", Duke center Marques Bolden said. James was dribbling a basketball and laughing as the Blue Devils poured out of the locker room for warm-ups.

Both teams had trouble finding the bucket from beyond the arc in the the first matchup when Duke stuffed the perimeter and forced bad Cavaliers' shots.

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