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LA Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks secure semi-final spots in NBA In-Season tournament

Posted : 06 December 2023

The NBA In-Season Tournament is approaching its climax with the LA Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks securing their spots in the semi-finals. In a thrilling quarterfinal matchup, the LA Lakers triumphed over the Phoenix Suns with a 106-103 victory, fueled by an outstanding performance from LeBron James.


 James achieved a rare feat, becoming the first Lakers player since Kobe Bryant to record 20 points, 10 assists, and five steals in a single game. His stellar 31-point performance, including 15 crucial points in the fourth quarter, propelled the Lakers to the semi-finals. Anthony Davis and Austin Reaves also contributed significantly with 27 and 20 points, respectively.


Despite Kevin Durant's impressive 31-point effort for the Suns, the Lakers proved to be formidable opponents, securing their third victory over Phoenix in their last encounters. The game's intensity reached its peak when Devin Booker's efforts brought the score to 102-101 with just 29 seconds left. However, a decisive three-pointer from Reaves, combined with a controversial timeout granted to James during a loose ball situation, secured the Lakers' win. Suns coach Frank Vogel expressed frustration with the decision, emphasizing the need for reviewability in such situations.


In another quarterfinal clash, the Milwaukee Bucks dominated the New York Knicks with a resounding 146-122 victory. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the charge with 35 points and 10 assists, while Damian Lillard contributed an additional 28 points. The Bucks showcased their offensive prowess, achieving a season-high shooting scoring percentage of 60.5% from three-point range.


Coach Adrian Griffin highlighted the significance of the win, acknowledging the team's performance, the contributions from the bench, and the electric atmosphere in what felt like a playoff game. With the semi-finals set, the Lakers will face the New Orleans Pelicans, and the Bucks will take on the Indiana Pacers, both matchups scheduled to take place in Las Vegas.


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