VIDEO: Dwight Howard Hits Kyle Lowry Across the Face in Brutal Foul During Lakers vs Miami Heat

Published 11/11/2021, 10:30 AM EST
Oct 22, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (39) in the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


In spite of another scrappy performance, the Los Angeles Lakers managed to overcome the Miami Heat on Wednesday. Firmly in control of the encounter, LA allowed their opponents to find their way back into the game. In the end, the game was taken into overtime, where Malik Monk and Russell Westbrook ensured that they crossed the line. In the second quarter, however, center-forward Dwight Howard took out Kyle Lowry in brutal fashion.

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After a bright start, Frank Vogel’s men began playing catch-up. In the absence of star forward LeBron James, the rest of the squad had to step up. They did not miss him completely, as he was screaming tips at them from the sidelines. Yet, it was young Malik Monk who came clutch for the men in yellow, scoring 27 points off the bench. The final score read 120-117 in favor of the Lakers, and it was a drama-filled night.

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Lakers’ Dwight Howard floors Kyle Lowry, helps him up after

It was another quiet night for veteran Dwight Howard, who earned just over 10 minutes of game time. But in Q2, the powerhouse made a devastating move on Kyle Lowry, who had a relatively average night himself. Just edging ahead at the moment, the Heat were on the attack. Lowry, who drove in, ran straight into his 35-year-old counterpart. In the process, he earned a foul.

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In a rather violent move, Howard extended his arm out, flooring the guard in the process. He was reprimanded for the same, and with due reason. After the move, Howard went to Lowry and helped him up immediately. Yet, the move could’ve caused a detrimental injury. Following the foul, the Heat gathered some momentum, which meant that they led at half-time. However, Tyler Herro’s heroics couldn’t save them in the end.

Nov 10, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (14) moves to the basket against Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (39) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the events that unfolded, the Lakers overcame the obstacle. They now hold a record of 7-5, meaning that they are 7th in the Western Conference. Nonetheless, they will be hoping that LeBron James returns at the earliest, to ensure some solidity.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is an NBA and Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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