LeBron Powers Lakers to Semis; Bucks Triumph Over Knicks

LeBron Powers Lakers to Semis; Bucks Triumph Over Knicks
LeBron Powers Lakers to Semis; Bucks Triumph Over Knicks

The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Phoenix Suns to go to the NBA in-season tournament semifinals, and LeBron James took centre stage at Crypto.com Arena.

Tuesday night, the hosts narrowly defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 106-103, overcoming a dismal third quarter to set up a meeting with them in Las Vegas.

Just a few weeks after becoming the first player in NBA history to score 39,000 points, James scored 31 points against the Suns, 15 of which came in the closing minutes of an exciting game.

LeBron Powers Lakers to Semis; Bucks Triumph Over Knicks

The NBA’s all-time top scorer, who scored 33 points for the Cleveland Cavaliers in November 2003, and finished with eleven assists. He made history by being the first player to score 30 points in two different games that were played at least 20 years apart.

With barely 15 seconds remaining, Austin Reaves scored 20 points off the bench, including a crucial three-pointer, while Anthony Davis contributed 27 points and 15 rebounds of his own.

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The Suns, led by Kevin Durant with 31 points, were furious in the last seconds because they felt like they were being treated unfairly when James called for a timeout on a loose ball.

The Milwaukee Bucks’ path to the final four at Fiserv Forum was considerably simpler. Led by Adrian Griffin, his team defeated the New York Knicks 146-122, scoring their best point total of the year.

Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded another double-double, finishing with 35 points, 10 assists, and 8 rebounds. Damian Lillard contributed 28 points to the total as well.

The Knicks’ offence, however, was split in the first two quarters, scoring 72 points apiece, then only scoring 50 points in the third and fourth quarters combined.

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Julius Randle’s 41-point performance was insignificant for the visiting team, as the Bucks extended their winning record in the first-ever in-season competition to 5-0 after defeating the Knicks in their flawless group-stage campaign.

“This was a big stride tonight. Our goal was to travel to Vegas. But we have business to attend to when we get to Vegas. We still have two games to win there,” Griffin is quoted by ESPN as saying following the match.

The Bucks and Indiana Pacers will square off for the first seed in Saturday’s Championship game before the Lakers and Pelicans square off at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday.

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