Bucks and Lakers Claim Victories, Set Up Semifinal Showdown

We are nearing the end of the play-in NBA Cup, the best are still in the game

by Sededin Dedovic
Bucks and Lakers Claim Victories, Set Up Semifinal Showdown
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The Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers emerged victorious in their games, securing their spot in the NBA Cup semifinals. Two very interesting matches, it was noticeable that the players took this tournament seriously. The Bucks, led by their superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, dominated the New York Knicks with a decisive 146-122 victory.

Antetokounmpo's impressive performance, highlighted by 35 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and three steals, brought the Bucks a convincing victory. Damian Lillard had a good game, adding 28 points and seven assists. Malik Beasley and Khris Middleton also played a role in the Bucks' victory with 18 and 14 points, respectively.

Beasley also contributed on defense, as he recorded two steals and a block. Middleton also added seven assists and four rebounds. Bobby Portis rounded out Milwaukee's double-digit scorers with 13 points. Julius Randle led the Knicks with 41 points, six rebounds and five assists.

Jaylen Brunson and RJ Barrett also contributed to the Knicks offense, scoring 24 and 23 points, respectively. However, their efforts were not enough to overcome the balanced attack of the Bucks. With this victory, Milwaukee extended its unbeaten streak in the Cup to five games and are the main favorites to win.

The Bucks will now face the Indiana Pacers in the semifinals, which will be held in Las Vegas.

James' triple double for the Lakers' win

Meanwhile, in the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Phoenix Suns with a convincing 106-103 victory.

LeBron James stepped up when it mattered most, scoring 15 of the team's first 19 points in the fourth quarter and adding two key assists in the victory. James finished the game with a triple-double, recording 31 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds and five steals.

Anthony Davis had 27 points and 15 rebounds. Austin Reeves provided additional firepower, scoring 20 points and grabbing six rebounds. Kevin Durant led the Suns with 31 points and seven rebounds. Durant's missed three-pointer in the final moments of the game sealed the Suns' fate.

Devin Booker and Grayson Allen also contributed to the Suns offense, scoring 21 points each. With this victory, the Lakers advanced to the semifinals, where they will face the New Orleans Pelicans. Like the Milwaukee Bucks, the Lakers will also play a semifinal match in Las Vegas.

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