The LA Lakers withstood Golden State Warriors’ attack to clinch the No.7 seed in the West, while Memphis Grizzlies eliminated the San Antonio Spurs.
LeBron James hit a three-pointer with 58 seconds left to pull away from his Lakers to 103-100, and set the final result. After James’ score, there weren’t any baskets on both sides, and the champions managed to rebuff the Warriors’ pushes and advance to the next stage.
The guests from Golden State had a lead throughout most of the match, often a double-digit one. They were up 13 points at the half, 55-42, but the Lakers gradually clawed their way back before making a 17-7 run in the third to erase GSW’s advantage completely.
Tension on the court was very intense throughout the last few minutes, and especially following LeBron’s three. Warriors’ Pool missed a chance to level the score, and in the final attack, the LAL’s defense prevented Curry from receiving the ball.
Steph ended the night with 37 points, hitting six threes and shooting 12-for-23 from the field. He also had seven boards. Andrew Wiggins had 21 buckets, Kent Bazemore and Jordan Poole had 10 each.
LeBron had a triple-double with 22 buckets, 11 boards, and 10 assists, while Anthony Davis scored 25 points with 12 boards. Alex Caruso was very good off the bench, with 14 points.
The Warriors had one more chance to reach the playoffs, as they meet the Memphis Grizzlies in two days. The franchise from Tennessee beat the San Antonio Spurs, 100-96.
After having a 38-17 lead in the first period, the Grizzlies allowed the guests to come back, but they constantly had a lead. San Antonio made a push in the last period, taking over the lead for e brief moment, 83-81, but Dillon Brooks and the rest of the hosts prevented Gregg Popovich’s team from winning this event.
Brooks had 24 points, eight in the last 12 minutes, and was there to help when needed the most. However, the man of the match was Jonas Valanciunas, who had a monstrous double-double with 23 points and boards with three blocks. Ja Morand ended the night with 20 points and six boards, and assists each.
Among the Spurs, DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay led in scoring with 20 points each, though they shot 13-for-42 combined. Jakob Poeltl had 10 points and boards, while Dejuonte Murray had a triple-double 10 points, 11 assists, and 13 rebounds.
The Grizzlies will travel to San Francisco to meet the Warriors on Friday night.