The Los Angeles Lakers are facing the significant threat of being forced to compete in the NBA play-in tournament after losing to the LA Clippers 125-118.
The Clippers are in a tie with Golden State for fifth in the West at 42-38, with the Lakers now 41-39 and in seventh. The Lakers entered the game having won four in a row and seven of eight, but couldn’t overturn a remarkable losing streak to their LA rivals – that now stands at a remarkable 11 straight. The loss leaves the Lakers outside the top six automatic playoff spots with two regular-season games remaining.
The Lakers have already clinched at least a place in the play-in but need to win out and hope the Warriors or Clippers slip up from here to earn a place in the play-offs directly.
LeBron James had 33 points on 13-of-20 shooting including four of six from beyond the arc. He also tallied eight rebounds and seven assists to…