The Los Angeles Lakers have been mathematically eliminated after Tuesday night’s 121-110 loss to the Phoenix Suns and the San Antonio Spurs‘ 116-97 win over the Denver Nuggets, which gives the play-in berth to both the Texas team and the New Orleans Pelicans and leaves only one spot to be decided between the Nuggets and the Minnesota Timberwolves to secure the playoffs, which the Utah Jazz have already qualified for.
Los Angeles Lakers 110-121 Phoenix Suns
Without the presence of LeBron James due to a sprained ankle, the Lakers consummated one of the biggest fiascos in their glorious history and completed the failure of the year in the NBA because despite having the “King”, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony in their roster they could not even enter the Play-in and are mathematically eliminated for the second consecutive year by the Phoenix Suns, who for the first time in their history win 63 games in a season. Devin Booker led the way with 32 points.
San Antonio Spurs 116-97 Denver Nuggets
After two years of being eliminated in the regular season, the San Antonio Spurs will play in the playoffs for the first time in their history after surprising and winning at home against the Denver Nuggets. Gregg Popovich had led the Spurs 22 straight playoff appearances prior to the last two seasons, Devin Vassell and Keldon Johnson each scored 20 points and picked up their first win in the “Mile High City” since 2017. The Nuggets fell to sixth place in the Western Conference and lost despite 41 points and 17 rebounds from Nikola Jokic.
Memphis Grizzlies 115-121 Utah Jazz (OT)
The Utah Jazz got their direct ticket to the postseason by beating the Memphis Grizzlies in overtime in the most exciting game of the day 121-115, the best player of the game was French Rudy Gobert who accumulated 22 points and 21 rebounds.
New Orleans Pelicans 123-109 Sacramento Kings.
Washington Wizards 132-114 Minnesota Timberwolves.
Portland Trail Blazers 94-98 Oklahoma City Thunder.