Video: Dennis Schroder’s 4.2-second Forrest Gump run to seal clutch win vs. Bulls
Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder literally ran away with the victory against the Chicago Bulls at Staples Center on Friday. Down by just one with 4.6 ticks left in the fourth quarter, the Bulls had a shot to get another possession and possibly tie or take the lead if they could just commit a quick foul and stop the clock.
But Schroder quickly foiled those plans when he channeled his inner Forrest Gump and ran like the wind to avoid the contact. The 27-year-old speedster caught the inbound past halfcourt and wisely proceeded to the Bulls’ side of the court.
Right before his defender could grab a hold of him, Schroder quickly pivoted back to the other end and milked the clock perfectly. There were only .5 seconds left when the helpless Bulls defenders finally caught up with the quick-thinking guard.
Schroder’s heads-up play practically sealed the victory for the Lakers.
DENNIS SCHRODER RUNS AWAY FROM THE BULLS AND ALMOST RUNS OUT THE CLOCKpic.twitter.com/dcrP62T3XC
— Laker Highlight (@LakerHighlight) January 9, 2021
The 6-foot-1 guard split his charities for the final score, 117-115. With the win, the defending champions improved to 7-3 for the solo lead in the West.
Schroder finished with all-around norms of 17 points, three rebounds, six assists, and two steals in 34 minutes. His game-saving play couldn’t have come at a better time, considering LeBron James nearly gave the Bulls a chance after an ill-advised, long-range bomb he tried to pull off in the previous possession.
Dennis Schroder is fitting in just fine in his first year in Hollywood. The playmaker from Germany was expected to take over Rajon Rondo’s shoes, who left for the Atlanta Hawks in free agency in the offseason. Safe to say, the Lakers definitely made the right call acquiring Schroder.