In case you haven’t heard by now, the Los Angeles Lakers staged an incredible, emotional comeback against the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night. The Lakers trailed by as much as 25 points in the game, and finished the contest on a 20-0 run to pull of an improbable 108-102 road win. There were a ton of huge plays for the team on the night, but was bigger than Dwight Howard’s picture-perfect block of Hornets center Robin Lopez.
With fewer than 30 seconds remaining in the game and the Lakers ahead 104-102, New Orleans guard Eric Gordon drove deep into the lane and dumped the ball off to Lopez near the left block. The 24-year-old center gathered himself and rose up for what could have been an huge dunk, but Howard was having none of it.
The Lakers center jumped right along with Lopez and emphatically rejected the Stanford product with his left hand. Howard then calmly gathered the ball and immediately passed it to Steve Nash as coach Mike D’Antoni called timeout.
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