As the defender of the NBA championship, the Los Angeles Lakers have entered the first round of the playoffs. In the fifth game, the Phoenix Suns defeated them 115:85, leading the series 3:2.
Since LeBron James joined three years ago, the Lakers have never played a game that was eliminated, and he himself has never been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. In addition, in his last nine appearances, he reached the finals and won four championships.
Without Anthony Davis, he injured his groin in Game 4 and may have lost at the end of the series, and the Lakers seemed helpless. Devin Booker buried them with 18 points at the beginning of the first quarter, Cameron Payne on the bench played an important role, and Phoenix had a 30-point lead at the end of the half. For 29 years, the Lakers haven’t fallen far behind at halftime in the playoffs.
LeBron James said before the game that there is a reason for his shoulders to be so wide, because they can bear a lot of load, but instead of taking over the game, he showed too little aggressiveness and he shot more than half of the shots ( 10 of 19 shots) three-pointers. When looking for teammates, I was in a promising position and they usually missed it.
He scored 24 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds, but did not get support. Kyle Kuzma scored 15 points and Talen Horton-Tucker scored 11 points. It should be over long ago. Dennis Schroeder averaged 22 points in two Lakers victories in this series, but his shooting percentage was 0/9.
In the Suns, Booker stopped at 30 points and Payne stopped at 16 points, but even in the Suns, they were not excited about the result of this game. In the third quarter, Chris Paul recovered from a shoulder injury that plagued him throughout the series after a collision with Wesley Matthews, not sure if he will play in the later part of the series.
The Suns are now the most popular, but this series now mainly depends on the availability of Chris Paul and Anthony Davis.
Dario Saric was rotated out by the Suns for the third consecutive game, but he got the last seven minutes of “garbage time” and he scored 5 points (2/3 shooting from the field and 1/2 from the three-point field. ), two assists and one rebound.
The sixth game will be played in Los Angeles from Thursday to Friday night.
In the Western Conference game last night, the Denver Nuggets survived Damian Lillard’s historic performance and took a 3:2 lead with a score of 147:140 after two overtimes. In the East, the Brooklyn Nets completed their mission against the Brooklyn Nets. Boston.
In the fifth game, they celebrated James Harden with 34 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists with a score of 123:109. Kyrie Irving scored 25 points, Kevin Durant scored 24 points, and the Celtics led Jason Tatum with 32 points. After a 4-1 victory, the Nets will face Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference semifinals, sweeping Miami 4-0.