Los Angeles Lakers won Game 5 in their first round playoff series against Memphis Grizzlies 117-111 after overtime. The series is now 3-1. This was the closest game in the series so far.
LeBron ended the game with 20 rebounds, 22 points, and made history as the oldest player to score 20+ points and have 20+ rebounds during a playoff match. Wilt Chamberlain had achieved the same feat at 36 years old. James turned 38 years old in December, but he continues to play youthfully. He led his team to victory in overtime and the fourth quarter with clutch baskets.
James led the Lakers in scoring with 22 points, twenty assists, and seven assist. Anthony Davis was quiet on offense. He finished the game with 11 rebounds and 2 assists. Austin Reaves scored 23 points for his team. This was the highest score by a Laker. D’Angelo Russell fouled-out in the fourth quarter, but not before making three shots beyond the arc as the Lakers were trailing by seven.
Ja Moorant ended the game with 19 while Desmond Bane led the way, finishing the day after scoring 36 points. Despite their combined efforts, the Lakers won in overtime 117-111. LeBron’s clutch performance that led the game to overtime was responsible for this win. James also dominated the game in the extra five-minutes, dominating the game by himself.
LeBron comes through in Game 5
LeBron James driving to the bucket
LeBron scored a layup with less than seven seconds left in the fourth quarter to tie the score and send the game into overtime. He was clutch not only in regulation, but also in overtime. James’ tough shot, which he hit over Dillon Brooks while he was fouled, put the game out of reach for the Grizzlies with less than 30 seconds left to the end. James’ 20-20 playoff night was the first for a Laker since Shaquille o’Neal’s in 2004.
a team that is 3-1 in a series has a 95% chance of making it to the Western Conference Semis. The Lakers will still have to win the series in Memphis, and they’ll be hoping to do that in Thursday’s Game 5.