- James shot 75 per cent from the field and made all four attempts from three
- The Lakers will play against the Indiana Pacers for the NBA Cup on Saturday
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LeBron James led the Los Angeles Lakers in scoring to steamroll the New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA In-Season Tournament semifinals on Thursday.
James parlayed his 30 points with five rebounds and eight assists as the Lakers secured the 133-89 win to advance to Saturday’s final for the NBA Cup in Las Vegas.
James shot an efficient 75 per cent from the field and made all four attempts from behind the arc in just over 22 minutes of play.
Center Anthony Davis trailed behind James with 16 points and five assists but led the Lakers with 15 boards.
Rui Hachimura, D’Angelo Russell, Taurean Prince and Austin Reaves all contributed double-digit points with 12, 14, 15, and 17 points, respectively.
LeBron James scored 30 points in the Lakers semifinal win over the New Orleans Pelicans
James and Anthony Davis combined for 46 points as the Lakers blew the Pelicans out, 133-89
The Lakers will face the Indiana Pacers for the NBA Cup on Saturday night. Indiana upset the Milwaukee Bucks, 128-119, behind Tyrese Haliburton’s 27-point effort to advance.
When asked about Saturday’s championship game, James seemed to be focused on the main goal which is to win the NBA title in June.
‘Listen it’s still December so I’m not getting too crazy about the whole thing,’ James said. ‘This thing has been great, the In-Season Tournament, but it’s still December.
‘It is another game for us to get better and we wanna try and win that game.’
Before Thursday, the Pacers came off another upset against the Boston Celtics in the quarterfinals.
Meanwhile, the Lakers advanced to the semifinals after a controversial win over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday.
The Lakers will face the Indiana Pacers, who upset Milwaukee, on Saturday for the NBA Cup
Late in the game, James was granted a timeout despite signaling for it during a loose ball. The call led fans to slam the referees and the NBA on social media as it allowed the Lakers to get the 106-103 win.
In his 21st NBA season, James continues to prove Father Time wrong with spectacular performances. James averages 24.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game as the Lakers look to compete for another title.
The Lakers fell to the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals earlier this year after eliminating the Golden State Warriors in the second round.
The Lakers are currently 13-9 this season as the fifth-seeded team in the Western Conference.