WATCH: LeBron James’ Cryptic Celebration After Dropping a Smooth Clutch Against Grizzlies

Published 01/05/2021, 11:26 PM EST
Dec 25, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives past Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) and Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) for a basket in the first quarter of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers are off to a splendid start this season. They are now 6-2, on a 4-game winning streak, with their second consecutive victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. The men in Golden and Purple are back to topping the WC standings, and it is the duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis that again takes the credit for this.

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The Lakers defeated the Grizzlies 94-92 in a game that almost went into overtime. LeBron posted a slow start to the second outing against the Grizzlies. He had recorded just 5 points out of his 15 minutes of play in the first half. However, the way he ended the game was an absolute classic and a treat to watch.

Jan 3, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Marc Gasol (14) and Memphis Grizzlies forward Brandon Clarke (15) fight for the ball during the second half at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

When LeBron James took it personally

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At one point in the game, the Grizzlies’ guard Dillon Brooks escaped and dodged the defender in King James and forced him down on the floor. He did not stop at that. The 24-YO Canadian followed it by a long grunt in Bron’s face, who was still lying on the floor. The 4-time NBA Champion took it personally (the Michael Jordan way) and showed the youngster why he is the legend. 

With just 65 seconds left in the game and the Lakers leading 86-83, the Akron Hammer pulled an 18-ft fall back fade away. The ball found just nets and nothing else as the Lakers took an important lead with just a minute remaining. 

LeBron doesn't forget 😂pic.twitter.com/tZfKNxOftp

— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) January 6, 2021

However, one must also agree that Dillon Brooks too did exceptionally well in those clutch moments. With under two seconds remaining on the clock, he scored a 3-pointer that left the Grizzlies trailing by just 2 points. However, they could not get hold of a good possession after that and lost the game.

Bron and Anthony Davis once again put on a show

The Grizzlies have no answer to the LeBron-Davis pick-and-roll 👀pic.twitter.com/yB4jZPaJIy

— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) January 6, 2021

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While LeBron was quiet in the first half, it was AD who held the trigger in his hands. Anthony Davis scored 12 points in the first half and concluded the game with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists to his name. He was also a force from the defensive end with 3 steals and as many blocks. The 28-YO even dropped four threes in the game with 40% accuracy.

Bron, on the other hand, struggled from the three-point range but still managed a crucial double-double. 

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For the Grizzlies, everyone contributed almost equally. De’Anthony Melton enjoyed a notable moment of a surprising block and score against AD, but it was nothing that could allow them to dominate long term. 

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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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