The Los Angeles Lakers narrowly escaped elimination, defeating the Phoenix Suns 106–103 behind LeBron James’s electrifying performance.
James willed the Lakers to victory with a 31-point, 11-assist double-double while playing all 12 fourth quarter minutes. He drained multiple deep shots in crunch time to fend off the Suns.
Anthony Davis dominated inside with 27 points and 15 rebounds for LA. The Lakers got an unexpected lift from Austin Reaves, who scored 20 points off the bench. His clutch three-pointer with 20 seconds left proved pivotal.
The Suns stayed close behind Kevin Durant’s 31 points. Devin Booker added a 21-point, 11-rebound double-double in the losing effort. Grayson Allen impressed in place of the injured Bradley Beal, contributing 21 points in a reserve role.
The hard-fought win sends the Lakers to face the New Orleans Pelicans in the semifinals in Las Vegas. A rematch with Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks could follow in the finals.