Los Angeles Lakers beat Memphis Grizzlies, end series in Game 6
D’Angelo Russell scored a playoff-career-best 31 points on 12-of-17 shooting as the Los Angeles Lakers sealed their ticket to the Western Conference semifinals with a 125-85 upset of the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 6 on Friday. his series.
LeBron James scored 22 points for the Lakers, who won games four of six of their first-round matchup. Anthony Davis added 16 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots for seventh-seeded Los Angeles, which ambushed the second-seeded Grizzlies in spectacular fashion.
The Lakers, who shot 53.8 percent from the field, will play either the Sacramento Kings or the Golden State Warriors in the conference semifinals. Those teams play Game 7 of their series on Sunday.
Santi Aldama scored 16 points off the bench, Desmond Bain added 15 points and Jaren Jackson Jr. added 14 for Memphis. Ja Morant and Dillon Brooks had 10 points each for the Grizzlies.
Luke Kennard of Memphis missed the contest due to a left shoulder injury sustained in Game 5.
The Grizzlies shot a terrible 30.2 percent from the field. Morant (3 of 16), Bain (5 of 16), Jackson (3 of 12) and Brooks (4 of 11) all shot poorly. The team finished 12 of 38 (31.6 percent) from behind the arc.
The Lakers were 15 of 44 (34.1 percent) from 3-point range, with Russell hitting five and Jared Vanderbilt scoring three. Austin Reeves contributed 11 points, eight assists and six rebounds for Los Angeles.
The Lakers led by 17 at halftime and showed that there would be no letup, going on a 9–0 run early in the third quarter. Russell made two 3-pointers and Vanderbilt hit one during the run to make it 68–45 with 10:22 left in the period.
More than three minutes later, Vanderbilt and Russell hit consecutive threes to extend the lead to 80–49. James hit a 3-pointer with 27.1 seconds left in the third to make it 100–64 before he and Davis fouled out in the fourth quarter. The Lakers led 100–67 entering the final period.
James scored 16 points and Russell added 14 as the Lakers shot 59.5 percent from the field to take a 59–42 lead in the first half.