LeBron James scored 30 points as the Los Angeles Lakers muscled their way into the NBA playoffs on Tuesday (US time) with a thrilling come-from-behind 108-102 overtime victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Lakers clinched the seventh seed and advanced to a Western Conference first-round playoff series against the second-seeded Memphis Grizzlies starting on Sunday after a pulsating duel at the Crypto.com Arena.
The Timberwolves will have a second chance to reach the postseason when they face either New Orleans or Oklahoma City on Friday where the eighth seeding in the Western Conference will be up for grabs.
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New Orleans and Oklahoma City face each other on Wednesday (US time) to determine who advances to that game.
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