The last time the Los Angeles Lakers hit the western
The conference finale was chaired by Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Derek Fisher.
After ten years of waiting, he endured the tragic death of
Black Mamba and a global pandemic that ended the NBA season for four
Months the Lakers will return again, this time led by LeBron James, Anthony
Davis and Rondo Rajon.
James had 29 points and the Los Angeles Lakers defeated them
The Houston Rockets, 119-96, in Game 5 on Saturday night, sealed their first trip
to the Western Conference Final since 2010.
When James first announced he was going to join
He promised the Lakers in the summer of 2018 that he would return the franchise to
ambitious. An injury in his inaugural season hampered these plans
Convincing the team to act for Anthony Davis got them back on track
"I know my name and how tall I am and what I've done
in this league comes along whenever I decide to join a franchise, "said
James. "It comes with winning, and I take that responsibility. So I do
Understand the Laker believers and what they felt and went through
not being in the postseason or to compete for the past decade
Championships. I have also accepted this responsibility and am happy to be one
a bit of a part of getting this franchise back into the competition for one
Davis, who was amazing throughout the series, was
Is not needed in the offensive in the closeout game and ends with only 13 points and
11 Rebound in the blowout win.
"I have the feeling that everything fits together"
said Davis about reaching the Western Conference Finals for the first time in
his career. "When I got here, the goal was obviously to win a championship
and we're eight wins away. It's everything I imagined when I came here. "
For the past week the Lakers and Rockets have been trading jabs
back and forth in a confrontation of contrasting styles that many NBAs had
Experts believe Houston could cause an historic surprise.
The Lakers called the missiles "small," James Harden
replied by saying, "I don't care if you're seven feet tall if you don't
Have heart, it doesn't matter. "
Game 1 convincing. The Lakers responded by removing their two seven feet
centers itself out of rotation and adds Markieff Morris to the starting grid.
and hit the missiles in their own game. You won the next four games in
dominant fashion, take the series and maybe end an era in Houston in the
"We learned from our mistakes in Game 1," he said
James. "Game 1 is a feel game. We had numerous film sessions and we were
able to clean up some things and we were better. You want to do that.
You want to keep growing during a streak and get involved in the profit
Positions and that was the by-product of that. "
Rockets & # 39; head coach Mike D & # 39; Antoni is from last year
his contract and may not return next season. Houston acted future Hall of
Fame point guard Chris Paul for Russell Westbrook last summer, and it still is
Not known if he is a good match for former MVP James Harden in the background.
"We'll see what happens," said D & # 39; Antoni when asked
if his missile run had ended. "I had four years.
Hopefully it will go on, but you just never know. "
One thing we know is on Saturday; it was all Lakers
in game 5. For the second year in a row, the Lakers led from start to finish
Finish the game on a 23-7 run before the fans can watch from home
Turn off the game on their televisions.
"Our whole group was really locked up," said
Lakers head coach Frank Vogel on the team's start into the game. "You could
See that with LeBron to get the job done tonight. It was a great one
It is important to play with a sense of urgency and understand how good a team is
(The missiles) is. I was proud of the urgency our whole group brought
about today's game. "
The Lakers led in the first half with 22 points,
and by up to 30 points in the fourth quarter when they cleared all doubts
the final result by the first timeout of the fourth quarter. Both teams
accepted the inevitable and emptied her benches for most of the fourth
Houston had their worst shooting performance from
Three-point range in the series, only 26 percent (13-for-49) shoot. Hardening
recovered from a poor performance in Game 4 with 30 points.
Russell Westbrook fought in Game 5 and only scored 10
Points for shooting 4 on 13 from the field and 0 on 3 from outside the bow.
Jeff Green had 13 points from the bank.
Los Angeles had six players in the double digits, led by
James, who finished in just 29 with 29 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists
Morris finished with 16 points and was a perfect 4v4
from beyond the arch. Danny Green had his best game of the series, scoring 14 points
Points on four three-pointers. Kyle Kuzma had 17 points from the bench.
"It hasn't sunk in yet," said Kuzma von
Reaching the Western Conference Finals. "It's obviously a dream come true.
You play this game to win games and compete at a high level, just like all of yours
Idols plan to. Now I am in a situation where we have a chance to win one
Championship and I'm very excited. "
After drawing even with the missiles in the relaxing battle
In Game 1, the Lakers dominated the glass in their four straight wins
The same happened on Saturday when the Lakers beat the Rockets by 50:31
in game 5.
The Lakers play the winner of the Los Angeles Clippers
and the Denver Nuggets series, which begins every Wednesday for Friday.