LeBron James and LA Lakers are on the verge of the NBA playoffs

Devin Booker scored 30 points as the Phoenix Suns left LeBron James and the exhausted Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday with the thinning out of the NBA playoffs with a crushing 115-85 victory. Phoenix took full advantage of the injury absence of Anthony Davis of the Lakers to dominate the defending NBA champion from early in the first quarter before securing a comfortable victory. The Suns victory puts Phoenix ahead 3-2 in the best of the seven Western Conference series in the first round, meaning the Lakers must win Thursday in game six in Los Angeles to keep their season alive. Even with a win on Thursday, the Lakers will have a trip back to Arizona for a decisive game seven, an assignment that looks even more discouraging after Tuesday’s exhaustion loss. “I feel like every game in this series, the next game is the biggest game,” Booker said afterwards. “I think it was a crucial game for us. We wanted to protect the home court and came here and showed up. ‘ The Lakers led 10-5 early in the first quarter, but lagged behind for the rest of the game, with Phoenix turning the screw with a dominant 21-2 run to start the second quarter. Phoenix led in third place with 36 points and a touching James left the field before the end of a gloomy night for the Lakers. James scored the Los Angeles score by 24 points, with Kyle Kuzma adding 15 from the bench. No other Lakers player has made double figures. “We kicked ourselves (explicitly) – it’s that simple,” James said afterwards. “We have to be better if we want to force a game seven. “Lots to see and see what we can do better in game six, but they just kicked us (explicit), there is nothing else to say.” Lillard jewel in vain

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Elsewhere Tuesday, Damian Lillard scored a 55-point performance, but that was not enough to prevent the Portland Trail Blazers from succeeding in a double overtime defeat of 147-140 against the Denver Nuggets. Blazers talisman Lillard once again lived up to his reputation as a clutch supreme rival, keeping the Blazers alive with a series of key three-pointers. The five-game defeat puts Denver 3-2 ahead in the playoffs of the best of seven. Lillard’s final score included 12 tries, a record for NBA playoffs and only two behind the 14-year-old record in a game held by Klay Thompson. The 30-year-old Portland star forced overtime with just 3.7 seconds left, which took a 27-foot away to make it 121-121. Lillard struck again at the end of overtime with a 26-foot three-pointer to make it 135-135. His final points of the evening come with a three-foot three-pointer that puts Portland 140-138 ahead in double overtime, but a costly late foul by CJ McCollum – who stepped out of bounds – enabled Denver to win to achieve. Lillard did not want to dwell on his brilliant performance after the loss of Portland. “It doesn’t matter, we lost the game,” Lillard said. “At this point, all that matters is that we can not lose another game in this series.” Neat progress Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets scorers with 38 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, while Monte Morris added 28 points. Michael Porter Jr. finished with 26 points. In Tuesday’s other game, James Harden scored a triple-double double of 34 points as the Brooklyn Nets advanced to a series against the Milwaukee Bucks with a 123-109 victory over the Boston Celtics. An impressive performance of Brooklyn’s “Big Three” saw Harden add 10 rebounds and 10 assists, while Kyrie Irving (25 points) and Kevin Durant (24 points) also weighed in with big contributions as the Nets scored a 4 -1 victory in the best. of-seven series. “We’ve dealt with so much adversity through the regular season, it felt good to take on a meaningful game,” Harden said. “It’s time to include now.” ‘They’re a tough Boston team. They were a few players less. But they kept fighting and fighting and made it difficult for us. ‘We are a special group, especially if we lock up defensively. If we can get three or four stops in a row, we can get it going offensively because we have so much firepower. ”