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NBA: Bucks win first game in the East, Lakers fear for playoffs |  NBA

NBA: Bucks win first game in the East, Lakers fear for playoffs | NBA

In the NBA, the Milwaukee Bucks won first place on the field against the Philadelphia 76ers, narrowing the fight for first place in the Eastern Conference. In the West, the Los Angeles Lakers slipped out of the top ten, leaving LeBron James and his teammates in the playoffs at this point.

With the end of the regular season approaching, 4 more teams are in a fierce battle for the top four in the Eastern Conference: Miami, Milwaukee, Boston and Philadelphia.

With Milwaukee and Philadelphia, two contenders faced each other tonight and the defending champion was the longest: 116-118. In the Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo was the evening’s hero with 40 points and a powerful shot on Joel Embiid in the final seconds of the match.

In the Western Conference, without injured LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Los Angeles Lakers were a cat bird for Dallas Mavericks player Luka Doncic: 128-110. Doncic scored a hat-trick with 34 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists.

The Lakers dropped to 11th in the West due to the defeat. The top 6 players can go straight to the playoffs, while numbers 7-10 play the game of play.

LeBron James and his teammates have 7 games left to correct this flaw, but it won’t be easy. In the last 7 games, the Lakers will face a top 6 team in the West 5 times.

While the Los Angeles Lakers were in the doldrums, the city’s rival got an extra boost tonight. The Los Angeles Clippers beat the Utah Jazz after a great game: 121-115. Visitors missed a bonus of 25 points.

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With the home team, Paul George was immediately good to get 34 points in his first game after an elbow injury. “His comeback is a huge boost for us, mentally too,” coach Tyrone Lo said afterwards.

All results from Tuesday night:

  • Philadelphia – Milwaukee 116-118
  • Washington – Chicago 94-107
  • Brooklyn – Detroit 130-123
  • Dallas – Los Angeles Lakers 128-110
  • Los Angeles Clippers – Utah 121-115

NBA standings:

Five highlights from tonight: