Pretty much this entire season has been tough for the Lakers. Thus, no one was surprised when Anthony Davis committed a foul that allowed Mike Conley to equalize the score with a tenth of a second remaining in regulation time.
Instead of getting the playoff ticket, Los Angeles had to play overtime.
But the Lakers have just recovered from this new blow and have continued to play. four minutes later, they finally had the playoff spot that seemed like a dream just a few months ago.
Daniel Hernández became interested in basketball at the age of 5 when he saw his father enjoying the sport.
LeBron James had 30 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who clinched seventh place in the Western Conference playoffs with a 108-102 overtime win over the depleted Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday in the LA playoff mini-tournament. NBA.
Dennis Schröder scored 21 points and took the win with a pair of free throws with 8.4 seconds left for the Lakers, who will face second-seeded Memphis in the first round of the playoffs that begins Sunday.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 24 points and Conley made three free throws with 0.1 seconds left in regulation time to tie for Wolves, who face New Orleans or Oklahoma City on Friday for the eighth and final playoff season. playoffs.
“It took all of our efforts to get where we are. And tonight it cost us more,” Davis said of those baskets from Conley that followed his violation. “But we have a few days before going to Memphis. It’s been a battle and a season of ups and downs. But it’s time to show who we are. I think we proved that tonight.”
The eighth ticket gives the right to face Denver, the leader of the West, in the first round, from Sunday.
The Pelicans host the Thunder this Wednesday night. Minnesota will have to beat the winner if it wants to make the playoffs for only the third time in 19 seasons.
After a season marked by ups and downs, the Lakers confirmed their upward trend and, despite suffering until the last minute in overtime, met the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the ‘playoffs’, in a series which will begin Sunday in Tennessee. .
With the access of the Lakers, four California franchises will compete in the ‘playoffs’ this year: the Clippers, the Golden State Warriors and the Sacramento Kings, in addition to those in purple and gold.