WATCH: LeBron James Scores a Butter Smooth Fadeaway in Lakers’ Domination Over Warriors

Published 03/16/2021, 12:54 AM EDT
Jan 18, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) defends Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the second quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


The Lakers met the Warriors almost shorthanded, without the likes of Anthony Davis, Alex Caruso, and Marc Gasol. Even then, LeBron James and his men completely outplayed the Warriors in their third game of this season.

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Steph Curry was the lone warrior who posed problems for the Lakers’ defenders, while no one else could do much damage. The Lakers utilized their bench quite effectively and took the driving seat in the early minutes of the game. 

LeBron James and his trademark shot-making

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When it came down to scoring, King James had a laid-back first half where he added just 9 points in total at 60% from the field. However, he also made 6 assists in that half, which helped the players like Montrezl Harrell who looked completely locked-in. But LeBron James soon picked up the rhythm and scored back-to-back fadeaway shots in the third quarter to add six more points to his tally.

By the end of Q3, the Akron Hammer already had a double-double to his name and was just three rebounds short of a triple. On the downside, he had five turnovers, most of which came in the first half, and he also missed both the three-point attempts he made. Still, his 25 minutes of play got him a team-high 24 in plus/minus.

The Warriors looked suppressed by the Lakers’ depth

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Montrezl Harrell scored 25 points in the first three quarters, with two steals to help the Lakers in every way possible. Kyle Kuzma and Horton-Tucker combined for another 21 points until that point to support the cause. They totally outscored the Warriors’ bench and showed how the Lake show is a great show even before they add more names before the trade deadline.

Lakers’ LeBron James high fives teammates during a time out against the OKC in the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

For the Warriors, Steph Curry, with just his second assist of the game, became the all-time assist leader for the GSW as he scored his 4863rd career assist. Curry had 27 points until the beginning of the fourth quarter, but nothing that could inflict any harm upon the Lakers.

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Also recommended – WATCH: Draymond Green and Warriors’ Bench Tease Kyle Kuzma After He Airballed a Free Throw

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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