WATCH: Rajon Rondo Insults Dallas Crowd After Lakers Sink Mavericks in Nail Biter

Published 12/16/2021, 7:03 AM EST
Dec 15, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; The Los Angeles Lakers celebrate guard Austin Reaves (15) making a three point shot to defeat the Dallas Mavericks during overtime at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers have developed intense rivalries with other NBA franchises over the years. However, only Boston Celtics have managed to match the franchise’s tremendous success in the NBA. The franchise has also maintained the high quality of their rosters signing NBA stars to fit their profiles. A senior Lakers star recently attempted to enrage Lakers’ opponent’s fans.

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Lakers veteran Rajon Rondo took shots at the Dallas Mavericks’ fans in a recent game. Rondo reacted to rookie Austin Reaves’ game winning shot for the franchise over the Mavericks. The shot guaranteed Los Angeles the victory, with a video showing Rondo making a hand gesture signifying ‘goodbye’ towards the Mavericks fans.

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Both Reaves and Rondo joined the Lakers in August 2021. The franchise eventually signed Reaves as a rookie to an NBA standard contract in September. However, this is not Rondo’s first spell playing for the franchise. Rondo initially played for the franchise between 2018 to 2020.

Rondo has even donned the jersey of Lakers’ city rivals, the Los Angeles Clippers. He made his debut for the Clippers against the Lakers. The Clippers recorded a 104–86 victory over their rivals. Rondo scored two points and recorded three assists in 13 minutes in that game.

The Lakers have won 17 NBA titles over the course of their history in the league. They won their most recent title in 2020, with Frank Vogel as their head coach. LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis, and some other NBA stars form a part of the franchise’s roster.

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Rookie leads Lakers to victory against the Dallas Mavericks

The Los Angeles Lakers floated to an overtime victory against the Dallas Mavericks. They finished the game with a final score of 107-104 against the Mavericks. Rookie Austin Reaves scored a three-pointer with only 0.9 seconds left on the clock to push Los Angeles to victory.

Dec 15, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) waits for play to resume against the Dallas Mavericks during the first half at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James scored 24 points, followed by Russell Westbrook with 23 points. Reaves scored 15 points in 32 minutes. Jalen Brunson led the Mavericks scoring 25 points but failed to secure a win due to Reaves’ clutch game winning shot. The Lakers will travel to Minnesota next to face the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the 'Greek Freak'.

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