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Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors drives against LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers (Ethan Miller / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors drives against LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers (Ethan Miller / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James’ first game against the Warriors as a Laker drew nearly 2 million viewers, making it ESPN’s most-watched preseason game ever.

The Lakers’ 123-113 victory Wednesday night in Las Vegas was watched by 1.98 million viewers, the network said Thursday. A spokesman says 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 in Cleveland. His move to Los Angeles in July put him in the same division as the two-time defending champions.

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