Lakers Advance to the NBA Western Conference Finals After Beating the Warriors

Anthony Davis at Lakers Media Day in 2021
Anthony Davis at Lakers Media Day in 2021. Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/Shutterstock (12481887t)

The Los Angeles Lakers didn’t allow the reigning NBA champions to get a new lease on life. The LA team beat the Golden State Warriors 101-122 on Friday night to end the series between two teams in six games and advance to the Western Conference Finals.

After missing out on the chance to finish the job in Game 5, the Lakers were determined not to waste another chance in Game 6. They built a 10-point lead by the half and never allowed the Warriors to get close later on.

LeBron James delivered one of his signature efficient games that saw him score 30 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists. He shot 10-of-14 from the floor while going 2-of-3  from behind the three-point line. His fellow All-Star Anthony Davis added 17 points and 20 rebounds.

“I just wanted to come in and make some plays and be efficient and defend at a high level, and help (Davis) rebound,” James said after the game. “Help our team make winning plays. And I was able to make a few of them.”

Making the West finals represents a huge success for the Los Angeles Lakers, considering their struggles in the regular season. The Lakers started 2-10 and only climbed above .500 late in the season to get in the play-in. However, once the postseason tipped off, the Lakers were a team on a mission and looked in great shape to make it to the NBA Finals for the first time since the 2019-20 season. 

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