James and Davis combined for 54 points and 25 rebounds… NBA Lakers advance to PO
The Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA, where LeBron James and Anthony Davis played a big role, will go to the playoffs (PO) after two seasons.
The Lakers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-102 after an extended game in the 2022-2023 NBA Play-In Tournament held at their home Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California, USA on the 12th (Korean time).
The Lakers, who are seeded 7th in the Western Conference, will play the first round of PO with the Memphis Grizzlies (51-31), who are second in the regular league, starting on the 16th.
The Lakers, who won the championship match in the 2019-2020 season, advanced to the PO in the 2020-2021 season, but last season finished the regular league in 11th place and did not even make it to the play-in tournament.
The Lakers, who entered the play-in tournament in 7th place in the West this season (43-39), overcame 8th place Minnesota (42-40) and stood on the starting line for their first championship in 4 seasons.
On the other hand, Minnesota had to go through one more step to advance to PO with the defeat that day.
The winner of the match between the 9th place New Orleans Pelicans (42-40) and the 10th place Oklahoma City Thunder (40-42) will play an irreconcilable match for the 8th seed on the 15th.
For Minnesota, the absence of center Rudy Gobert, who was brought in from Utah Jazz for a huge price, including key players and prospects, and four first-round rookie picks, was painful for Minnesota.
Gobert was suspended for one game for punching Kyle Anderson in the chest during an altercation on the bench during the last game of the regular season against New Orleans on the 10th.
With Gobert, who boasts the league’s best under-the-goal defense, missing, Minnesota gave away 12 offensive rebounds that day and was pushed out of the air.
In particular, he gave 9 offensive rebounds only to Davis, and in the 3rd quarter, he was helpless against James’ breakthrough under the goal, reducing Gobert’s gap.
Davis, who actively attacked Gobert’s bottom, made a big success with 24 points, 15 rebounds, 3 blocked shots and 2 steals.
James also had a perfect performance with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists.
James scored three points in front of Karl Anthony Towns two minutes before the end of the fourth quarter to tie the game at 95-95.
22 seconds before the end of the quarter, he rushed to the bottom of the goal and delivered an accurate pass to Dennis Schroeder in the corner. The Lakers were on the verge of victory as Schroeder’s 3 points, without defensive checks, split the rim 1.4 seconds before the end of the quarter.
However, in an inbound pass situation just before the end of the quarter, the ball was passed to Mike Conley, who was running into the corner, and Davis, who noticed it belatedly, chased after it and committed a shooting foul.
Conley made all three free throws to take the game into overtime, but Minnesota, whose movement was weakened due to Towns’ 5 fouls, could not gain any more strength.
Minnesota, which committed three errors in overtime, could not catch up after scoring under the goal to Schroeder and Davis.
The Atlanta Hawks (41-41), ranked 8th in the Eastern Conference, also won the 7th seed by defeating the 7th ranked Miami Heat (44-38) 116-105 on the road.
Miami, which lost, competes for the 8th seed on the 15th with the winner between the 9th place Toronto Raptors (41-41) and the 10th place Chicago Bulls (40-42).
Atlanta’s signature Trae Young took the lead in the victory with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists, and Clint Capella also grabbed 21 rebounds and played his part under the goal. 안전놀이터
In Miami, Kyle Lowry, who came off the bench, scored 33 points, but starting center Bam Adebayo only scored 12 points and was sluggish.