It was a pretty good week for the Los Angeles Lakers.
On Sunday, they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the NBA playoffs, and then in Game 3, they lost to the New York Knicks in the second round.
And on Wednesday, they beat the San Antonio Spurs in the finals.
But in the Finals, the Lakers took down the San Diego Clippers.
What a night.
The game ended with a three-point play by Jodie Meeks with 10 seconds left that was enough to give the Lakers a 101-93 victory.
That was the most points the Lakers scored in a playoff game since they scored 111 in Game 5 of the 2014 NBA Finals.
That’s a huge win, especially since the Clippers’ season was going on the verge of a complete collapse after they lost their starting center and the team’s star power to retirement.
And it gave the Lakers the biggest lead in the series at 65-58.
That led to a Clippers comeback win on the next possession, and the Lakers then pulled off a stunning three-pointer from Kobe Bryant to give them a 91-91 win in overtime.
The game also ended with the Lakers sending Chris Paul to the court in a game-tying 3-pointer with 10.9 seconds left.
So, is the Lakers finally ready to compete?
No, but they’re definitely looking for their first playoff series win since 2013, when they defeated New Orleans.
And the way the Clippers played against the Lakers is going to help them do that.
The Clippers have been the best team in the NBA this year.
They were the top seed in the Western Conference and had a chance to win it all before the All-Star break.
The Lakers are a team that has been a huge disappointment.
They’ve struggled mightily to start the year, finishing with a 6-10 record.
They are a group of superstars, with Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, and DeAndre Jordan leading the way.
They play at a high level, with Griffin averaging 20.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 3.4 blocks.
They also have big men Dwight Howard and Chris Kaman, along with shooting guard Jordan Clarkson, who averaged 14.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.5 blocks in 33 games last year.
The biggest thing to watch is how the Clippers will defend James Harden.
He’s one of the best scorers in the game, but the Lakers are not a team to be taken lightly.
Harden has averaged 28.5 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.3 steals, and 2.4 triples over the last four games.
That’s been enough to get him into the top five of MVP voting, and he’ll have a big opportunity to prove it this week.
But the Clippers also played a lot of defense.
They gave up more than 90 points per game, and it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that the Lakers would be able to hang with the Clippers.
This was one of those games where it was clear that the Clippers could make the Finals.
And they did.
The teams traded buckets, both teams shot poorly, and both teams had one of their best performances of the season.
The key to that victory was a pair of free throws by DeAndre Liggins.
Liggins missed both of those free throws, and that was the game-winning three.
The team needed to make two of those, but it didn’t, and Liggins’ three was a huge one.
It gave the Clippers the lead, and they won the game on the road in a rematch.
The rest of the series was tied up until Game 5, when the Clippers won by a score of 88-87.
Now, there is one team that the Losers can look to as a potential playoff team this year: the Cleveland Browns.
The Browns have had a pretty great season, winning nine of their last 11 games.
They have a lot going for them this year, including the second-best record in the AFC North.
They’re also a team with a lot to prove.
They had a rough first half of the year and went through a string of injuries, but then Cleveland’s defense and offense exploded in the final two weeks.
The defense has been outstanding.
Cleveland has allowed just 1.1 points per 100 possessions and just 3.3 turnovers per 100.
That is an incredible figure for a team in a division where they’re currently tied with the Denver Broncos and are battling for the No. 3 seed.
The offense, though, is also really good.
Cleveland is averaging 100.8 offensive points per 50 possessions, which is third in the NFL.
And that’s coming off a dominant performance against the Washington Redskins.
Cleveland will also look to keep this series close in Game 6.
Cleveland’s best player is LeBron James, who scored a career-high 24 points on Sunday.
James is averaging 26.3, 8 rebounds, 6