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News ID: 90708
Publish Date : 28 May 2021 - 21:53
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LOS ANGELES (Dispatches) - The Los Angeles Lakers won their first playoff game at home in eight seasons to take a 2-1 series lead with a 109-95 victory over the Phoenix Suns.
Anthony Davis again led the way for the Lakers with 34 points and 11 rebounds in the first round of the best-of-seven Western Conference playoffs.
LeBron James scored 21 points as nearly 7,500 fans watched the first playoff game at the Staples Centre since 2013.
The Lakers won last year’s NBA title in a bio-secure bubble on neutral ground.
Davies became the first Lakers player since four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal to score more than 30 points and come up with more than 10 rebounds in successive playoff games.
Lakers legends Elgin Baylor, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Kobe Bryant are the only other players to also manage the feat for the club.
The Suns led 28-27 after the first quarter, but the Lakers led 43-40 lead at half-time and then went on a 16-6 run at the start of the second half to take control of the game.
A reverse lay-in by James, which brought huge applause from the home crowd, put Los Angeles 21 points up in the fourth quarter and on their way to victory.
The Suns - led by Deandre Ayton with 22 points and 11 rebounds - cut LA’s advantage to eight points with just under three minutes left as Jae Crowder landed a three-pointer. However, that was as close as they would get.

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