WATCH: Russell Westbrook and LeBron James Put a Stamp Mark on Their Camaraderie

Published 10/12/2021, 11:20 PM EDT
Oct 6, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (left) with guard Russell Westbrook prior to the preseason game against the Phoenix Suns at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


Finally, after four consecutive games of sheer rustiness, the Los Angeles Lakers showed some promise against the Warriors. As was the case with their previous game against GSW, the Lake Show owned Q1. Even better, they saw LeBron James in his old avatar. 

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It all started with three consecutive free throws made by Carmelo Anthony. However, the same man missed two back-to-back jump shots and that allowed the Dubs Nation to take the lead. But later, the Lakers found their rhythm as their Big Three started to deliver.

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Russell Westbrook with a bullseye pass to LeBron James

With the Lakers trailing 6-8, a turnover from GSW allowed the ball in the hands of Russell Westbrook. Outrunning small forward Andrew Wiggins, Russ sent the pass diagonally, cutting through shooting guard Damion Lee and center Kevon Looney. His assist allowed a sprinting LeBron James to put a cutting layup.

One would wonder why LBJ did not go for a dunk while he had an opportunity. However, it was still a show of great chemistry between the two that stole the attention. By the end of Q1, the Lakers led the game handsomely by 8 points.

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Where did the Warriors stand against the Lakers?

Surprisingly, the Warriors’ 3P% in Q1 remained a paltry 8.3%. Also, their field goal percentage remained largely lower as compared to the Lakers. If not for those two extra turnovers, the Lakers were completely in control of their game.

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Playing without Steph Curry, who was a threat in their last game, the Bay Area struggled offensively. Gary Payton scored 6 points as no other player could match Anthony Davis’s 12 points in the first quarter. True, Russell Westbrook started with a turnover and remained scoreless in his 8 minutes, but the rest of the Lake Show delivered.

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So it’s very likely that the Lakers will see their first preseason win tonight. Do you agree with the prediction? Help us know in the comments section below.

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Sourabh Singh

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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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