Forget the fast break that came early in the second quarter, the one when he took off from one side of the basket and landed on the other after a spectacular dunk.
Forget the 32 points and 10 assists, although those also spectacularly punctuated his first NBA game in Chicago.
For sheer evocation of memories of the man who made his No. 23 famous, remember what LeBron James did down the stretch of Cleveland's stunning 95-87 victory Saturday night.
With Michael Jordan watching from a United Center suite, James scored the Cavaliers' final 14 points, single-handedly outscoring the Bulls in the fourth quarter by a 15-14 margin.
"I feel I'm the leader of this team right now," James said. "They came to me. And I helped them down the stretch."
That's when the Bulls collapsed yet again and, perhaps trying to match James, did so spectacularly. They missed their first 11 fourth-quarter shots and 16 of their first 17 as Cleveland took command with a 16-2 run.
The Cavaliers, who also got 22 points and 12 rebounds from Zydrunas Ilgauskas, won their second road game in as many nights after losing the previous 34. Cleveland had snapped that streak in Philadelphia, the second longest in NBA history.
The Cavaliers then arrived early Saturday morning in Chicago, but the Bulls were the ones who looked weary.
"We didn't play as hard as them and got what we deserved," coach Scott Skiles said.
Jamal Crawford led the Bulls with 16 points on 7-for-27 shooting. In his last three games, Crawford is 5-for-37 on threes.
"I'm not real happy with his shot selection," Skiles said. "I'll just leave it at that."
One of Crawford's shots got blocked from behind by James with 5:11 to play, and he dunked it four seconds later as part of the 16-2 run, drawing gasps from the sellout crowd of 22,282.
"I think he's one of the top 20 players right now," Skiles said. "Forget the hype. If you look at the substance of his game, he can dribble, pass and shoot."
After James' dunk, a scoreboard malfunction began a 10-minute delay, one of many sideshows to this game.
From Jordan's second home-game appearance--the Bulls are 0-2--to the return of Jay Williams, who sat behind the bench, to Tim Floyd nemesis Charles Oakley hanging with Jordan, there were plenty of distractions.
But the night belonged to James, who demanded attention. Even Jordan stopped by for a pregame visit and praised James' game afterward.
"He didn't tell me anything," James said coyly. "You [reporters] don't need to know everything that I do."
The Bulls know about 18-year-olds.
They went through the process two seasons ago, when they banked their future on Tyson Chandler and Eddy Curry. That future is still uncertain, especially with both players injured.
Cleveland coach Paul Silas says there are no question marks with James.
"He's a very unusual young man," Silas said. "He's very smart and athletic and has an understanding of the game that most 18-year-olds wouldn't think of having. And he likes to win."
He experienced that Saturday.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times