LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers were able to clinch the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference after a thrilling and chaotic 4th quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the play-in matchup. The Lakers were able to survive a challenge by the Timberwolves to come out on top with a score of 103-99.
The game was highly anticipated as LeBron James and the Lakers were looking to rebound after a difficult season marred by injuries. On the other hand, the Timberwolves were hoping to pull off a surprise upset and make their way into the playoffs.
Before the game, ESPN previewed the play-in matchup and highlighted the key players to watch, including LeBron James and Anthony Edwards. The Lakers were listed as the favorite to win the game but the Timberwolves were not to be underestimated.
As the game got underway, both teams traded shots and the score remained close throughout the first three quarters. However, the 4th quarter was where the drama unfolded. The Timberwolves were able to close the gap and tie the game at 95-95 with just over two minutes remaining.
But LeBron James and the Lakers were able to dig deep and come up with crucial baskets and defensive stops to secure the win. Anthony Edwards also made headlines with a spectacular block on Rui Hachimura, nearly sparking a fight between the two teams.
As the Lakers celebrated their win, fans and analysts turned their attention to the upcoming playoffs where they will face the No. 2 seeded Phoenix Suns in the first round. With the return of Anthony Davis and a refreshed LeBron James, the Lakers will be hoping to make a deep run in the playoffs and potentially repeat as champions.
Full coverage of the game and analysis can be found on USNN.