Sunday will be the final day of the NBA’s regular season, and it has the most riding on it for a season-ender we’ve seen in a very long time due to the prospect of play-ins being introduced to the mix. But Saturday was a big day as well, and it has set the stage for one last hurrah. The Los Angeles Lakers welcomed back LeBron James on the day, and he did not disappoint as he and Anthony Davis led them past the Indiana Pacers 122-115 after he had missed the last six games.
‘The King’ had 24 points in just 28 minutes while Davis had 28 points to his name as well. The win kept the Lakers’ hopes of finishing sixth alive. They will need to win on Sunday against the Pelicans and also hope the Denver Nuggets defeat the Portland Trail Blazers. The Phoenix Suns also recorded a big victory on Saturday, taking down the San Antonio Spurs 140-103 to remain in the hunt for the #1 seed in the Western Conference. Despite being shorthanded, Devin Booker led them to a comfortable win by scoring 27. Chris Paul contributed to the cause with 16 points and ten assists in just 25 minutes. That gives them a chance to rest a bit ahead of their meeting with San Antonio (again) on Sunday. They need to win and also see the Sacramento Kings, who have been eliminated from postseason contention, knock off the Utah Jazz to ‘steal’ the spot.