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Los Angeles Lakers celebrate Dennis Schröder after game winner against Memphis Grizzlies

Dennis Schröder led the Los Angeles Lakers to victory against the Memphis Grizzlies with a strong final phase. On an evening when LeBron James was a bit weak, not only Schröder helped.

The German international scored all of his 7 points in the fourth quarter in the last 69 seconds of the game. This was initially achieved through courageous drives, which resulted in free throws and then of course with the decisive play, when he snatched the ball out of Grizzlies guard Desmond Bane’s hands when he couldn’t see him at -1.

“The coach wanted to set a trap and not foul, I did that and attacked the basket,” Schröder added ESPN after the game the situation together. Schröder scored and was even fouled by Bane, giving the Lakers an extra point.

But not everyone agreed with the referees’ decision. At least that’s what Dillon Brooks hinted at. “I don’t want to be penalized by the NBA because I have a clear opinion on this play,” said the Grizzlies forward afterwards. Of course, the Lakers didn’t want to know anything about it, instead there was praise for Schröder, who diligently filled the box score with 18 points (4/11), 8 rebounds and 8 assists.

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“He’s one of our best defenders. He knows how to make big plays in big moments,” said coach Darvin Ham. “He’s fast, has good hands and isn’t afraid.” In fact, it wasn’t the first time that Schröder had managed such a game winner. A few years ago, Schröder made a similar play when he secured a win for OKC at the Boston Celtics.

Schröder did not put himself in the spotlight after the game. Instead, the man from Braunschweig spoke of a team success. “We stuck together, didn’t get distracted and didn’t lose hope either,” Schröder summarized.

The win leaves the Lakers 13th in the West with a 21-25 record, but even direct playoff qualification remains within reach. In sixth place (Golden State), the gap is just two games. And there is good news too: According to Adrian Wojnarowski (ESPN) the injured Anthony Davis could return to the team at the end of next week.

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