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The LA Lakers’ season is done – and coach Frank Vogel’s tenure is all-but-finished too.

The Lakers needed to beat the top-seeded Phoenix Suns to keep alive their slim hopes of overhauling the Spurs for the 10th seed and a place in the NBA’s play-in tournament.

But missing an injured LeBron James for a second-straight game, the Lakers were humiliated by the Suns, with only a 12-point run in the final quarter ensuring the score finished a respectable 121-110.

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The result meant the Suns claimed a franchise-record 63rd win of the season to go with just 16 defeats.

It is just the fourth time since James entered the league in 2003 that he has not gone to the playoffs, and the Lakers’ 48 defeats this season – with three games to play in the regular season – is already the most ever by a team featuring James.

For the Lakers, it marks the seventh time in nine seasons the Lakers failed to reach the playoffs, coming just two years after their title glory.

Coach Frank Vogel said he was: “Extremely disappointed. I’m disappointed for our fan base. I’m disappointed for the Buss family [franchise owners], who gave us all this opportunity. We want to play our part in bringing success to Lakers basketball. We fell short.”

In pre-season, the Lakers were named the second-favorites to win the title, with a star-studded trio of James, Anthony Davis and new arrival Russell Westbrook. But that trio was battered by injury throughout the campaign, managing just 21 games this season together. Their 11 wins from those 21 appearances showed glimpses of promise – a promise that the Lakers never managed to deliver on.

Devin Booker had 32 points and seven rebounds for the Suns, as Deandre Ayton had 22 points and 13 rebounds. Russell Westbrook had 28 points for the Lakers as Anthony Davis added 21 points and 13 rebounds.

Meanwhile, a thrilling day of action around the league saw a number of teams lock in their places in the play-offs or at least the play-in tournament.

The 10th-placed San Antonio Spurs beat the Denver Nuggets despite Nikola Jokic’s 41 points and 17 rebounds in 40 minutes. The Spurs’ victory meant the Lakers had to win to stay alive in the race for a play-in spot.

Elsewhere, Kyrie Irving drained 42 for the Nets and Joel Embiid his second-highest total of the season with 45 points for the 76ers.

All that and more in our NBA Wrap!

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Joel Embiid drained 45 points for the Philadelphia 76ers in a 131-122 win over the Indiana Pacers, to move to the top of the scoring title ladder for the season.

Embiid added 13 rebounds in his 39 minutes, while Tyrese Maxey had 30 points and seven assists, and James Harden had 11 points and 14 assists for the Sixers.

DeAndre Jordan took an early trip to the locker room for Philadelphia for a flagrant hard foul on Indiana’s Duane Washington Jr. in the fourth quarter, his arms whacking Washington Jnr’s head during a dunk attempt.

Buddy Hield led Indiana with 25 points and 11 rebounds.

Embiid’s 45, his second-most points this season behind 50 against the Magic in January, bumped his scoring average for the season by 0.2 to 30.424 points per game.

LeBron James is in second place with 30,268 points per game. Giannis Antetokounmpo is in the third spot 30,078 points per game

For James to be eligible, he must play two of the Lakers’ final three regular-season games.

Should Embiid win the scoring title, he will be the first center since Shaquille O’Neal back in 2000.

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DeMar DeRozan went off for 40 points as his Bulls booked their play-offs berth – despite a 127-106 defeat to Milwaukee.

DeRozan is enjoying a sensational maiden campaign in Chicago, averaging 28.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game and providing the perfect counterpoint to Zach LaVine.

Brook Lopez had 28 points and eight rebounds for the Bucks, leading seven players who scored double-digits for Milwaukee. The Bucks clinched the divisional title with the win.

Jrue Holiday added 13 assists to his 11 points, while Giannis Antetokounmpo had 18 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists.

The Bucks shot 46 of 87 from the floor on an efficient night that ended a two-game slide.

Pascal Siakam #43 of the Toronto Raptors.Source: Getty Images


The Raptors claimed a thrilling 118-108 victory over the Atlanta Hawks to seal their own top-six seed in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks loss – their first in six games – means they will be locked in to the play-in tournament.

Pascal Siakam had 31 points and added 13 rebounds, while Scottie Barnes had 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Raptors.

Chris Boucher (18), Gary Trent Jr. (14), Fred VanVleet (12) and Precious Achiuwa (11) all crossed double digits in the points column.

After a horror start saw the Raptors go 0-for-8 from three point range in the first quarter, they got on top in the middle stages and led 102-92 with 7:38 left in the fourth quarter.

But Atlanta hit back with a 10-0 run to level it at 102-apiece with 4:29 remaining, before taking the lead with just under three minutes to play. But a late surge from the Raptors saw off the fightback.

Atlanta (41-38) and Brooklyn now sit 1 1/2 games behind seventh-place Cleveland.

Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant were cooking for the Brooklyn Nets.Source: AFP


Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving drained 42 points including 17 in the final quarter as the Brooklyn Nets beat the Houston Rockets 118-105.

Kevin Durant added 18 points, while Andre Drummond had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

On the other end, Kevin Porter Jr scored a season-best 36 and Jalen Green added 30 points for the Rockets.

The Nets led by 21 late in the third, before Houston got hot with a 15-0 to cut the lead to six points at 90-84. Irving took control with the next eight points before Brooklyn cruised with a double-digit lead for the remainder.

The Nets were without Seth Curry, Goran Dragic, and James Johnson, while LaMarcus Aldridge played for the first time in a month. It meant Brooklyn fielded a brand-new starting five – the Nets’ 43rd different starting line-up in just 79 games (Durant, Brown, Drummond, Patty Mills, Irving).


Mo Bamba drained five-straight triples in the opening 10 minutes and finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Orlando Magic beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 120-115.

Ignas Brazdeikis added 20 off the bench, while Moritz Wagner scored 10 of his 15 points in the final quarter for the Magic.

The Magic snapped a six-game losing streak with the win over the short-handed Cavaliers, who have now lost eight of 10.

With two regular-season games to play, the Cavs are desperate to hold onto seventh in the Eastern Conference and earn a home game to start the play-in tournament, where they have secured a berth regardless of future results.

The Nets and Hawks are just 1 and a half games behind.


Thunder 98 d. Trail Blazers 94

Bucks 127 d. Bulls 106

76ers 131 d. Pacers 122

Magic 120 d. Riders 115

Heat 144 d. Hornets 115

Raptors 118 d. Hawks 108

Nets 118 d. Rockets 105

Wizards 132 d. Timberwolves 114


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