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American basketball player LeBron James helped the Los Angeles Lakers reach the Western Conference finals, after defeating the Golden State Warriors, who won the NBA championship last year 2022.
James, 38, scored 30 points to lead the Lakers to a 122-101 win in Los Angeles to take the best-of-seven annual elimination tournament streak 4-2.
The Lakers, who finished seventh in the NBA regular season, will play the Denver Nuggets, the top seed in the series, to decide who plays in the NBA Finals.
The Miami Heat defeated the New York Knicks to reach the Eastern Conference Finals.
Jimmy Butler scored 24 points and eight rebounds as the Heat won 96-92 in Florida, going 4-2 in the series, becoming a top eight seed for the first time in 24 years and reaching the Conference Finals.
They will play either the Boston Celtics or the Philadelphia 76ers, who are tied at 3-3 and play their decisive seventh game on Sunday.--
Lakers started season slowly
The Lakers had their worst start to the basketball regular season in 65 years, but remained in contention for their 20th conference title and 18th championship after finishing with a huge win over the Golden State Warriors, who won four of the past eight NBA titles.
And James achieved a great performance in California, where he recorded the all-time leading scorer and four-time NBA champion, with nine assists and nine rebounds to achieve 30 points.
And LeBron James had added a new legendary chapter in his sports career, last February, when he broke the record for the best scorer in the history of the NBA, bringing his total to 38,390 points, surpassing the number of legend Karim Abdul-Jabbar, of 38,387 points, who scored 38,390 points. He lasted for 39 years.
Anthony Davis, who was playing despite a head injury from Game 5, scored 17 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Lakers to victory.
After the game, James hugged Warriors star Stephen Curry, who scored 32 points despite his team’s defeat.
“A lot of our team members haven’t been in matches very often,” James said.
“So after Game 5 (which saw the team go down 121-106 on Wednesday), I knew I had to play harder but I had to be efficient and strategic in how I played this game.”