An exciting duel was presented in the NBA play-in when the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors clashed on Thursday (20/5/2021). After going through a tight match, the Lakers came out as winners by a thin score, 103-100.
In a duel at the Staples Center, the Lakers won thanks to the action of the star, LeBron James. With this victory, the Lakers successfully advanced to the play-offs and will face the Phoenix Suns in the first round of play-offs.
James managed to beat Stephen Curry in this fight. He really starred in the Lakers’ win over the Warriors.
But, he is not alone. James is assisted by Anthony Davis when he overthrows the Warriors. Both of them contributed the most points for the Lakers in this match.
James contributed 22 points, while Davis contributed 25 points. In total, 47 points were scored by both of them, ahead of Curry’s 37.
2. Credits to the appearance of James
The Warriors coach, Steve Kerr, gave praise to James’ performance in this match. According to him, despite all the efforts his team put in to stop James, the former Cleveland Cavaliers star is still capable of being decisive.
We have faced him many times, know how great he is. He still looks stunning. However, salute also to my players who are able to make it difficult,” said Kerr, reported by ESPN FC .
3. The Warriors still have a chance to qualify for the play-offs
So far, apart from the Lakers, there have been other teams that have qualified for the play-offs. They are the Boston Celtics. The team from the Eastern Conference qualified after winning over the Washington Wizards in the play-in.
As for the Warriors, their chances of qualifying for the play-offs are still open. Condition, they must beat the Memphis Grizzlies in the play-in, Saturday (22/5/2021).
Winning Against Warriors, Lakers Qualified NBA Playoffs
The Los Angeles Lakers officially qualified as the seventh seed in the West NBA playoff after winning against the Golden State Warriors with a score of 103-100 in the NBA play-in match on Thursday (20/5) afternoon WIB.
The Lakers’ winning point in this match was scored by LeBron James. When the match entered the last minute, James decided to shoot three points. James’s shot made it 103-100 for the Lakers.
In the remaining time, the Warriors try to score but the score 103-100 lasts until the game ends.
LeBron James scored a triple-double with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists while Anthony Davis had a double-double , 25 points and 12 rebounds.
The Warriors actually led 13 points, 55-42, at the end of the second quarter. However, they could not appear consistent in the last two quarters. The Warriors fell behind even more frequently in the fourth quarter before leveling the score at 100-100 in the last minute.
The Lakers victory made James and his friends qualify for the NBA playoffs and will face the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
As for the Warriors, they still have a chance to qualify for the playoffs with a duel against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Warriors vs Grizzlies match will determine the final ticket, aka the eighth seed in the West Region NBA playoff.
Meanwhile, in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics made sure to qualify as the seventh seed. One ticket remaining in the Eastern Conference will be up for grabs in the Indiana Pacers vs Washington Wizards duel.
The NBA play-in system was introduced this season. The play-in match applies to the occupant team ranked 7-10 in the final standings of the NBA regular round
The seventh ranked team will face the eighth ranked team while the ninth ranked team will duel against the tenth ranked team.
The winner of the team duel ranked 7 vs 8 will immediately qualify for the NBA playoff. The loser in the duel for the 7 vs 8 team will meet the duel winner for the 9 vs 10 team to fight for one last ticket.