LeBron James Showcases Clutch Gene with a 3-Pointer to Help Lakers Stay Alive Against OKC

Published 02/11/2021, 12:57 AM EST
Feb 8, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) is defended by Oklahoma City Thunder center Al Horford (42) and forward Justin Jackson (44) in the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-A TODAY Sports


LeBron James is one of the best players in the NBA. Even in his 18th year in the league, James continues to prove how great he is by continuously featuring in the MVP conversation.

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Furthermore, he has helped lead the Lakers to one of the best records in the NBA this season. With his recent exploits, he proved his critics wrong who say he isn’t a clutch player.

LeBron James makes clutch shot to keep the Lakers in the game

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During the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, LeBron James made a clutch three-pointer to send the game to overtime. This is the third consecutive overtime for the Lakers.

James was the driving force behind the Lakers’ comeback, making the shot to give them their first lead of the game in the first quarter.

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James forced the Lakers back to overtime for the third time in three games. In the past two games, James has taken over during overtime to secure the win for the Los Angeles Lakers.

However, many people have questioned the Lakers’ inability to put down weaker teams in regulation time.

LBJ playing like an MVP

Surviving a brief hiccup, the Lakers held on to defeat the Thunder in overtime after LeBron James made an excellent defensive play to stop OKC.

The Lakers and LeBron were focused on closing out this game in overtime and not letting the game reach second overtime as they did against Detroit this weekend.

Feb 8, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Lakers forward LeBron James dunks the ball over Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo (6) at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-A TODAY Sports

James has been the most important player for the Lakers this season. With Anthony Davis struggling for form throughout the year, James has led the Lakers from the front, playing at an MVP level so far.

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For James, this is proving to be one of the best starts to a season for him.

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Can the Los Angeles Lakers win their second consecutive NBA championship this season? James has been their leading man this year, and the Lakers are still the favorites to win the championship, having replenished their squad in the off-season with several new additions to help them retain their title.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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