LeBron James remains a "championship pillar" of the team, said Los Angeles Lakers general manager. (Photo credit: Instagram/lakers)

  • The Phoenix Suns ended the Lakers' NBA title defense in emphatic style on Thursday
  • It marked the first time in 15 playoff appearances that James was eliminated in the first round
  • LeBron James is a four-time NBA champion

LA Lakers will have to do without Anthony Davis for a little while. (AFP file photo)

  • Chris Paul had 18 points and nine assists
  • Crowder also had his best game so far, scoring 17 points
  • LeBron James scored a team-high 25 points and had 12 rebounds for the Lakers

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Los Angeles Lakers's LeBron James (L) scored 21 points and nine assists in games against Phoenix Suns. (Photo credit: Twitter/ @NBA)

  • Los Angeles Lakers defeated the short-handed Phoenix Suns 109-95 in a heated playoff game on Thursday
  • Milwaukee Bucks grabbed a 113-84 thrashing win against the Miami Heat
  • Anthony Davis scored 34 points and 11 rebounds and LeBron James delivered 21 points and nine assists

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Anthony Davis and LeBron James scored a total of 57 points together in the match. (Photo credit: Instagram/@lakers)

  • The neck-and-neck match resulted in a close 109-102 win for the Los Angeles Lakers
  • Both third and fourth quarters of the match ended in tied scores
  • Anthony Davis put up an all-round performance for the Lakers, scoring 31 points

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NBA MVP Joel Embiid missed last Sunday's All Star Game due to COVID-19 restrictions. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@sixers)

  • Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embid was playing his first game after receiving a negative test for COVID-19 earlier Friday
  • Philadelphia beat the Washington Wizards 127-101 to stay atop the Eastern Conference 
  • Los Angeles Lakers beat the Indiana Pacers 105-100 for their fourth win in the last 11 games

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Anthony Davis is averaging 22.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game this season. (Photo Credit: Instagram/

  • The Los Angeles Lakers have lost seven of their last 10 games without Anthony Davis
  • He sustained an Achilles tendinosis and calf strain in his right leg against the Denver Nuggets on February 14
  • Damian Jones started at centre against the Indiana Pacers on Friday