LeBron James scored 31 points with 11 assists as the Los Angeles Lakers advanced to the semifinals of the NBA in-season tournament with a 106-103 victory over the visiting Phoenix Suns earlier on Wednesday.
The win sets up a showdown with the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday.
“I’ve been there a lot in my career and I understand the assignment,” said James.
“I was happy I was able to make a couple of plays.”
The Lakers dominated the first half to lead 59-47 at the break, but Durant’s 31 points in total brought the Suns back into contention, before James’ final quarter exploits.
In the day’s other quarter-final, Giannis Antetokounmpo collected 35 points, 10 assists, and eight rebounds to fuel the host Milwaukee Bucks to a 146-122 victory over the New York Knicks to set up a clash with the Indiana Pacers in Friday’s other semi-final.
Antetokounmpo praised his partnership with team-mate Damian Lillard, who weighed in with 28 points, following the victory.
“Game by game we are getting more comfortable,” said Antetokounmpo.
“As we play more minutes we’re going to be more comfortable together. At the end of the day, I think me and him are setting the tone for the whole team.”
Story By: Princeton Wiredu