WATCH: Bam Adebayo Denies LeBron James an Easy Layup in Their Victory Over Lakers

Published 02/21/2021, 12:53 AM EST
Feb 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) puts up a reverse layup between Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk (9), Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22), Miami Heat guard Duncan Robinson (55) a d Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn (25) during the third quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


Los Angeles Lakers have now lost three of their last four games. It now appears that the absence of Anthony Davis is proving expensive for them as they took their most recent defeat against Miami Heat. 

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This was the first time since the NBA Finals 2020 that the two teams were against each other. Although the Miami Heat roster was more or less the same, the Lakers were not the same team that fought and demolished the Heat four months ago.

The Lakers lost the game 94-96 in a low-scoring game where the Heat showed great defense.

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Bam Adebayo denying LeBron James inside the paint

At one point in the game, the Heat were leading 89-81 when the Lakers’ LeBron James had the possession. He came sprinting inside the paint and took off for an easy layup shot, not knowing that Bam Adebayo was right behind him with a superman leap.

Just as Bron left the ball, the Miami Heat forward completed a great block. Take a look –

Bam doesn't give up on the play!@MiamiHEAT up 4 with 4 minutes left on ABC. pic.twitter.com/DqbfZiMjNk

— NBA (@NBA) February 21, 2021

Bam continued to humiliate Bron for the rest of the game. With five minutes remaining, Adebayo stole the ball off a bad pass from the Akron Hammer and cost him his fifth turnover of the night. 

This was a great defensive display from the young rising star who charged guns from both ends of the floor. The Lakers had no answer to deal with that tenacity and the hunger to win.

Miami Heat exposed the Lakers 

Feb 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers injured forward Anthony Davis (left) talks to Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the second half against the Miami Heat at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Notably, the LA-based franchise had a forgetful night from the three-point range. The entire unit struggled from the field and gave a sluggish start.

They scored at 28.9% accuracy as players like Markieff Morris, Montrezl Harrell, and Alex Caruso could not convert any of their combined six attempts.

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On top of that, the L-Train made just 1/8 basket from downtown, showing his desperation to get quick points that he could not actually manage. The fourth quarter especially saw them playing with tired legs. 

The Miami Heat, on the contrary, saw Kendrick Nunn scoring game-high 27 points with five threes. Plus, Jimmy Butler attempted none of those in his 24-point game as he helped with the win.

For the Lakers, LeBron James did bring them a buzzer-beater opportunity by stealing a crucial inbound pass. However, Alex Caruso’s three-point attempt missed the rim, and they took yet another beating.

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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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