WATCH: Warriors’ Stephen Curry Nods in Approval as LeBron James Converts Tough Layup

Published 05/20/2021, 12:36 AM EDT
May 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) gets past Golden State Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson (95) for a basket in the first quarter of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


The play-in tournament is underway in the league tonight. After three fantastic games, the much awaited matchup between LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers and the Steph Curry led Golden State Warriors is live right now and it’s safe to say it hasn’t disappointed.

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Despite having much more star power than the Warriors, the Lakers initially struggled in the game. With LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Dennis Schroder missing significant number of shots and some brilliant defending from the Dubs, the Warriors took a commanding lead of 55-42 and looked in cruise control of the game.

May 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots a basket over Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) in the first half of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

But the Lakers have rallied back their troops in the third quarter. With some excellent defending, the champions have forced multiple turnovers for the Warriors and have cut the lead down to only two points trailing 77-79.

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Steph Curry appreciates tough layup by LeBron James

LeBron James had the best of nights so far. Especially given the fact that Bron had tweaked his ankle in his last game, the superstar struggled massively in the first half, missing multiple shots.

But the third quarter has certainly seen a massive improvement by LBJ and the Lakers. With James cooking in all cylinders, the 36-year-old has had multiple dimes and has scored some big points for the champions.

May 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) gets past Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder (17) for a basket in the first quarter of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

His form has continued in the fourth quarter too. Just as the quarter started, the Lakers gave the ball to LeBron to initiate the offense. With the second unit of the Warriors in the game, LBJ had a better matchup with Joan Toscano Anderson guarding him.

Going in iso-ball with the JTA, Bron drove to the basket and made a tough layup. Steph Curry was certainly impressed with Bron’s tough layup and nodded in appreciation take a look.

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While LeBron is filling up his stat sheet with 18 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds, Curry hasn’t shyed away from the challenge scoring an insane 35 points along with 7 rebounds and 3 assists.

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With 3:08 remaining on the clock, the Warriors have a three point lead with a 98-95 scoreline. Who do you think will prevail in this fascinating matchup. Let is know in the comments section down below.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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