James’ Lakers knocked out with defeat by Nuggets

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LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers Bow Out as the Denver Nuggets Advance in the NBA Playoffs

In a hard-fought Western Conference playoff series, the defending champion Denver Nuggets defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 4-1. In the decisive Game 5, the Nuggets secured a narrow 108-106 victory, with Jamal Murray scoring the game-winning basket with just 3.6 seconds remaining.

Despite a strong performance from LeBron James, who scored 30 points and recorded 11 assists, the Lakers were unable to overcome the Nuggets. The loss marks a disappointing end to the season for the Lakers, who were seeking James’ fifth NBA title and the franchise’s first since 2020.

When asked about his future, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer refused to confirm whether he had played his last game for the Lakers. “I’m not going to answer that,” James said. “I just want to get home to the family, honestly, and start looking at the schedule.” He added that he will travel to Las Vegas for a USA Basketball training camp ahead of the Olympics after spending time with his family.

Oklahoma City Thunder Sweep the New Orleans Pelicans

In the Western Conference, the Oklahoma City Thunder also advanced to the next round, completing a 4-0 series sweep over the New Orleans Pelicans. Jalen Williams scored 24 points, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Thunder to a 97-89 victory.

The Thunder held a slim 44-43 advantage at halftime, but the Pelicans took an 80-75 lead before the Thunder’s stifling defense proved too much for the Pelicans to overcome.

Boston Celtics Take a 3-1 Lead Over the Miami Heat

In the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics edged closer to the next round, taking a 3-1 lead in their playoff series against the Miami Heat. The Celtics won the fourth game 102-88, but suffered a setback as center Kristaps Porzingis limped off the court with a calf strain shortly before halftime and did not return.

Derrick White’s career-best 38 points propelled the Celtics to victory, and the teams will face off in the fifth game of the best-of-seven series on Wednesday.

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