WATCH: LeBron James At His Goofy Best on the Bench During Lakers’ Blowout Win over Warriors

Published 03/01/2021, 12:11 AM EST
Feb 28, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and forward Anthony Davis (3) react to a play while on the bench in the second half of the game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers coasted to a huge 26-point win over the Golden State Warriors tonight. It was an excellent team performance, and so LeBron James didn’t have to be overworked tonight.

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He played just in only the first three quarters and was rested for the fourth because the Lakers already had a huge lead. Sitting on the bench, LeBron was having a blast laughing and goofing around while his teammates sealed the win. He was also messing around with fellow veteran Jared Dudley, signaling and telling him to start warming up.

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LeBron played just 24 minutes, which is the least he has had all season. After being overburdened throughout the season, he deserved a rest like this. While he prides himself on being able to play as much as he can to help the team, he needs a break occasionally as well. Both physical and mental.

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LeBron James and the Lakers come up with a statement win

During their game against the Nuggets on February 14, Anthony Davis left the game midway with an injury. The Lakers were already behind, and that killed any chance of a comeback. Since then, they were struggling a lot as Dennis Schroder also got ruled out because of the league’s COVID-19 protocol. They won just one out of six games and lost four in a row.

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

But Schroeder’s return sparked a return to form for them in their last game. They beat the Blazers in a close game to regain some form. The Lakers successfully carried that momentum into tonight’s game as they thrashed the Warriors.

The Lakers had six players scoring in double digits, with two others off by just one point. After a hot shooting start they finished with just 35% from three as a team, but their defense came up clutch. They restricted the Warriors to just 40% from the field and 23% from three, which was crucial for the win.

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Big game coming up for the Lakers

Tonight’s win should help them gain momentum for the next game as they face the in-form Phoenix Suns. They have been terrific this month, winning 11 out of their 14 games. This has elevated them to the fourth seed in the West, which will make this an exciting #3 vs #4 matchup.

The Lakers will be the favorites but they cannot afford to take the Suns lightly. It will be a heavily contested affair and it could go down to the wire.

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Feb 13, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) and Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) celebrate during the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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