LeBron James wants the first NBA Cup and his performance was decisive in the 106-103 victory of Los Angeles Lakers before the Phoenix Suns of Kevin Durantwhich will lead Angelenos to Las Vegas to compete in the semifinals of the NBA In-Season Tournament against the New Orleans Pelicans.
The other semifinal of this new NBA cup-style tournament will be played by the Indiana Pacers y los Milwaukee Buckswho defeated the New York Knicks.
The top scorer in NBA history, about to turn 39 and with 21 seasons already in the league, has few challenges left before him, but winning the first NBA Cup already seems like a capital mission for LeBron.
Showing off limitless ambition, the star of the Lakers He scored 31 points, 8 rebounds, 11 assists and 5 steals and especially stood out with 15 points in the last quarter in a very tight finish.
LeBron He was also the protagonist of a very controversial action in the outcome. With 11.2 seconds left and +2 for the Lakers, Austin Reaves He received the serve but suffered a two plus one so the ball was divided.
However, LeBron He called a timeout and, even though the Lakers did not have possession, the referees granted it.
Aside from controversies, this high-profile duel also had a great Reaves with 20 points, including the final triple with 15 seconds left; and even Anthony Davis who is surely the most intermittent star in the league: he had 27 points and 15 rebounds but in the second half he only scored 7 points.
Durant (31 points and 7 rebounds) and Devin Booker (21 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists) sold the Suns’ defeat very dearly, who also had a solid Grayson Allen (21 points) but they crashed with 22 turnovers.
Antetokounmpo is also running
With an impressive recital from the triple, the Milwaukee Bucks to the New York Knicks by 146-122 to complete the semifinals of the NBA In-Season Tournamentwhich will be played this Thursday in Las Vegas.
The Bucks of Antetokounmpo y Lillard They remain undefeated in this new tournament (just like the Pacers) and destroyed the Knicks with a spectacular 23 of 38 from the three-point line. Milwaukee He also surpassed his limit for points scored in a match this season.
The Bucks were guided by a Antetokounmpo who touched the triple-double with 35 points (15 of 22 shooting), 8 rebounds and 10 assists.
Lillard (28 points and 7 assists with 5 triples) also shone for the Bucks with outstanding performances from Malik Beasley (18 points with 6 triples) and Chris Middleton (14 points and 7 assists).
In the Knicks, with a poor 7 of 23 in triples from the entire team, Julius Randle had a sensational game with 41 points (14 of 19 shooting) while Jalen Brunson y RJ Barrett They contributed 24 and 23 points, respectively.
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