Lakers Make History Winning Inaugural In-Season Tournament in Las Vegas

‣ The Los Angeles Lakers, led by LeBron James and Anthony Davis, won the first-ever In-Season Tournament in the NBA, with James earning the MVP award.
‣ Despite their success in the tournament, LeBron James cautioned against making early predictions about the NBA championship playoffs, emphasizing the need to focus on their current performance and health.
‣ The Indiana Pacers, despite being the highest-scoring offense in the tournament, failed in the final game against the Lakers. They now aim to focus on the regular season and their goal of winning Indiana’s first-ever NBA title.

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LeBron James was all smiles. “We made history,” he said, after the Lakers’ 123-109 victory over Indiana in the first-ever In-Season Tournament. The game took place this past Saturday in Las Vegas. “Any time you’re on the right side of history, you take it,” he added.

Anthony Davis also played a significant role in the Lakers’ victory. He posted 41 points and 20 rebounds in the final. LeBron, not to be outdone, contributed with 24 points and 11 rebounds. His performance earned him the MVP award for the competition. This tournament, by the way, gave fans plenty to cheer about.

LeBron believes the Lakers’ 7-0 run in the new NBA cup demonstrates their potential for the NBA championship playoffs. But he’s not getting ahead of himself. After all, the playoffs are still six months away. “I think that’s thinking too far down the road,” the four-time NBA champion mused.

The Lakers are content with their current position but are keen to continue improving. “We like where we are right now but we want to continue to work our habits, continue to get healthy as well,” LeBron said. He’s not looking too far ahead, though. “I would take it, but I’m definitely not looking to May and June,” he added.

The Lakers’ performances in the new tournament, particularly against the Phoenix Suns and the New Orleans Pelicans, proved their defensive prowess. “Our defensive intensity, in order for us to win and win at the highest level, we have to defend,” LeBron pointed out. “We’ve been doing that over the last few weeks.”

Now, as the inaugural champions of the In-Season Tournament, the Lakers are gearing up for their regular-season game against the Mavericks in Dallas. This is the first of three games in Texas, with two against the San Antonio Spurs.

On the other side of the court, Indiana’s Cinderella story ended in defeat. Despite being the highest-scoring offense in the In-Season Tournament, they couldn’t clinch the final against the Lakers. Now, they’re hoping to bounce back and chase Indiana’s first-ever NBA title this season.

“It’s funny because it’s like everybody says this has like the (collegiate) NCAA Tournament feel, but after a game like that you’re sitting in the locker room going, most of us ain’t graduating, we play on Monday,” said Tyrese Haliburton. “It’s definitely frustrating.”

“At the end of the day, it’s just like the regular season. It’s game 22, 23. Got to move on,” the 23-year-old star admitted. Meanwhile, NBA commissioner Adam Silver is already mulling over potential changes to the competition’s format, especially scheduling. However, he said: “All suggestions welcome.”

James Shotwell
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