The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Phoenix Suns to go to the NBA in-season tournament semifinals, and LeBron James took center stage at Crypto.com Arena.
With just 15 seconds remaining, Austin Reaves scored 20 points off the bench, including a crucial three-pointer, while Anthony Davis contributed 27 points and 15 rebounds of his own.
The Suns, led by Kevin Durant with 31 points, were furious in the last seconds because they felt like they were being treated unfairly when James called for a timeout on a loose ball.
Julius Randle’s 41-point performance was insignificant for the visiting team, as the Bucks extended their winning record in the first-ever in-season competition to 5-0 after defeating the Knicks in their flawless group-stage campaign.
“This was a big step tonight. Our goal was to travel to Vegas. But we have a business to attend to when we get to Vegas. We still have two games to win there,” Griffin is quoted by ESPN as saying following the match.
The Bucks and Indiana Pacers will square off for the first seed in Saturday’s Championship game before the Lakers and Pelicans square off at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday.