The NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Western Conference Play-In Tournament to advance to the playoffs (PO).
The Lakers beat Minnesota 108-102 in the 2022-23 season Western Division Play-In Tournament held at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California on the 12th (hereinafter Korean time).
The Lakers, who won the one-off game of the nature of the wild card match, rose to the PO and now enter the series of 4 best of 7 matches with the Memphis Grizzlies, who are second in the regular league.
On the other hand, the defeated Minnesota will play against the winner between the 9th and 10th ranked New Orleans Pelicans and the Oklahoma City Thunder for the 8th seed. If you lose here too, the possibility of PO disappears completely.
For the Lakers, LeBron James played a big role with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Anthony Davis (24 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists) and Dennis Schroeder (21 points, 4 rebounds) also contributed. 메이저사이트
In Minnesota, Karl-Anthony Towns contributed 24 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists, and Mike Conley contributed 23 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists, but could not win. Rudy Gobert, who missed due to internal disciplinary action, and Jayden McDaniels, who was injured, were left without a vacancy.
The Lakers seemed to be fighting a tough game as they finished the first half 49-60. However, from the third quarter, James’ offense exploded and scored.
The Lakers entered the fourth quarter with a 79-86, 7-point lead. The Lakers’ momentum grew stronger, and Davis and Jared Vanderbilt led the offense and continued to pursue.
The Lakers turned the game around 98-95 with Schroeder scoring 3 points with 1.4 seconds left in the game.
However, Minnesota’s Conley made all three free throws with 0.1 seconds left before the end of the game, and the game went into overtime.
In overtime, after Rui Hachimura’s 3-point shot, Schroeder and Davis scored under the goal to take the lead and maintain the lead until the end to win.
In the previous Eastern Conference Play-In Tournament, the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Miami Heat 116-105. Atlanta will clash with Boston Celtics, second in the East, in PO.
In Atlanta, Trae Young led the team with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Dizonte Murray (18 points) also did his part.
In Miami, Tyler Hiro scored 26 points and Jimmy Butler scored 21 points, but the team lost.
Miami will compete for the 8th seed with the winner of the game between the 9th ranked Toronto Raptors and the 10th ranked Chicago Bulls.
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