NBA: Los Angeles Lakers miss the play-offs after the loss of the Phoenix Suns

The Los Angeles Lakers, who last won the NBA championship in 2020, miss the play-offs for the first time since 2019

The Los Angeles Lakers missed out on a spot in the NBA play-offs after suffering a seventh straight loss to the Phoenix Suns.

The Lakers, still without an injured Lebron James, were beaten 121-110 by the Western Conference leaders.

It’s only the fourth time in James’ 19-year career that he’s failed to make the NBA postseason.

“We wanted to play our part in making Lakers basketball successful and we didn’t,” coach Frank Vogel said.

“We are extremely disappointed. Disappointed for our fans, disappointed for the [ownership]who gave us this opportunity.

“It’s not due to a lack of effort. We all worked. The guys fought until the end.

“We brought the integrity to the process that we just missed in a disjointed season. We are all disappointed.”

The 17-time NBA champions sit in 11th place in the Western Conference, with the 7th-10th place teams in the Eastern Conference and Western Conference advancing to the play-ins.

Two teams from each division can then secure a place in the end-of-season play-offs via the play-ins route.

The Lakers needed to win to have a chance to extend their season after the San Antonio Spurs beat 116-97 the Denver nuggets earlier in the evening.

Elsewhere, the New Orleans Pelicans secured a play-off spot in the Western Conference after beating the Sacramento Kings 123-109, while the Toronto Raptors sealed a play-off spot in the Eastern Conference with a 118-108 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

the Utah Jazz beat the Memphis Grizzlies 121-115 after overtime at Salt Lake City. Jazz’s victory combined with the Minnesota Timberwolves 132-114 defeat against Washington Wizards means Utah will be no worse than the sixth seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

Kyrie Irving scored 42 points as brooklyn nets beat the Houston Rockets 118-105, while Tyler Herro scored a season-high 35 points as the Eastern Conference leaders miami heat beat the Charlotte Hornets 144-115.

the Milwaukee dollars are now tied for second behind Miami after a 127-106 win over the Chicago Bulls. Despite the loss, the Bulls secured their first playoff berth in five seasons after the Cleveland Cavaliers lost 120-115 against the Orlando Magic.

the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Indiana Pacers 131-122 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Portland Trail Blazers 98-94.

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