Skip to Content

LeBron James inspires LA Lakers to series win over Golden State Warriors

<i>Harry How/Getty Images</i><br/>LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots the ball over Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors during the first quarter in game six of the Western Conference Semifinal Playoffs at Crypto.com Arena on May 12
Getty Images
Harry How/Getty Images
LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots the ball over Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors during the first quarter in game six of the Western Conference Semifinal Playoffs at Crypto.com Arena on May 12

By Aimee Lewis, CNN

When LeBron James is on the team anything is possible. The LA Lakers star put in a commanding performance Friday to help the Lakers reach the Western Conference finals.

The 38-year-old scored 30 points, nine rebounds and nine assists as the Lakers eliminated defending champions Golden State Warriors with a 122-101 Game 6 win in LA for an unassailable 4-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

It is a remarkable turnaround for the seventh seeded Lakers who had started the season 2-10 before several trades helped turn around their season.

They will next face top seeds Denver Nuggets on the road in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday with a place in the NBA Finals an ever-closer possibility.

For the Warriors — winners of four of the last eight NBA titles — it was a first Western Conference series loss under Steve Kerr. Stephen Curry contributed 32 points but it was not enough against an inspired Lakers.

Anthony Davis added 17 points and 20 rebounds as the Lakers extended their postseason record at home to 7-0.

Elsewhere, the Miami Heat beat the New York Knicks 96-92 in Florida in Game 6 of their series, to become the first eighth seeds in 24 years to reach the Conference finals.

Miami will play either the Philadelphia 76ers or Boston Celtics, who play each other in Game 7 of their series Sunday.

Jimmy Butler scored 24 points with eight rebounds and four assists, while Bam Adebayo added 23 points for the 76ers.

The-CNN-Wire
™ & © 2023 Cable News Network, Inc., a Warner Bros. Discovery Company. All rights reserved.

Article Topic Follows: CNN - Sports

Jump to comments ↓

CNN Newsource

BE PART OF THE CONVERSATION

KIFI Local News 8 is committed to providing a forum for civil and constructive conversation.

Please keep your comments respectful and relevant. You can review our Community Guidelines by clicking here

If you would like to share a story idea, please submit it here.

Skip to content