13 January 2021 04:36
The Los Angeles Lakers had already shown how worthy the Houston Rockets were of their respect by building a 21-point lead in the first quarter but LeBron James added an insult to the beatdown by celebrating a 3-pointer he shot in the corner during the second quarter with his teammates before it even went in. The play got the Lakers bench to erupt in jubilation, with Dennis Schröder nearly jumping on the court to celebrate with James even though it was his turn to rest on the bench. The 3-pointer and celebration was the most iconic moment for LeBron during a monster first half in which he racked up 22 points, five rebounds, four assists, and four 3-pointers, with the Lakers leading by 23, 71-48, at halftime. After the play LeBron made, Twitter erupted almost as much as the Laker bench. LeBron did the Curry!
— Daman Rangoola (@damanr) January 13, 2021 bron out here clowning. — Darius Soriano (@forumbluegold) January 13, 2021 While many modern fans will associate the move LeBron did with Steph Curry, NBA TV's Grant Hill also said it was a tribute to the "Hibachi" move of Gilbert Arenas. Grant Hill says LeBron gave them the Hibachi – Shoot the three and face the bench like Gilbert Arenas pic.twitter.com/LysjbeZWH4 — CJ Fogler #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) January 13, 2021 The Lakers look like they're in a great position to cruise to their sixth straight road victory. Related The Houston Rockets face the Los Angeles Lakers for the second game of their double-header tonight. On the positive side of these double-headers — aside from the reduction of exposure to COVID-19 — you're able to face the team that just beat you and immediately get your revenge.
On the negative side, you might be up against a team that's much better than you two games in a row, and you're in for two consecutive beatdowns. Which of these two do you think applies to Houston more? Questions for tonight: who was to step up here to beat LA? What has to go differently for the Rockets to win? What does another loss here mean for the Rockets? Follow the game here tonight, live, and join in on the conversation. Last, but not least, LET'S GO ROCKETS!