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Lakers clinch playoff spot with victory over Pelicans in play-in tournament

Posted : 17 April 2024

LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and the Lakers showcased their resilience, securing a playoff spot by defeating the New Orleans Pelicans 110-106 in the Western Conference play-in tournament. James' near triple-double, coupled with the Lakers' recent strong performance, highlights their playoff readiness, having won 12 of their last 15 games.


On the other side, the Pelicans face uncertainty as star forward Zion Williamson's NBA postseason debut was marred by an injury. Despite Williamson's impressive 40-point performance, his departure due to a left leg injury raised concerns for the Pelicans' playoff prospects.


The Lakers demonstrated their depth and determination, with crucial contributions from Davis and Russell to fend off the Pelicans' late surge. Despite Williamson's absence, the Pelicans showed resilience, led by Trey Murphy III's clutch shooting, to rally back from an 18-point deficit and force a tie in the final minutes.


With their playoff berth secured, the Lakers will face the defending champions, the Denver Nuggets, in the first round, setting the stage for an intense rematch of last season's Western Conference finals. Meanwhile, the Pelicans must regroup to face the Sacramento Kings in their pursuit of playoff advancement.


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