The Los Angeles Lakers around superstar LeBron James have no chance of making the NBA play-offs after another defeat.

The Los Angeles Lakers around superstar LeBron James have no chance of making the play-offs in the North American professional basketball league NBA after their next defeat. The 17-time champions lost 110-121 to the Phoenix Suns without the injured James and conceded their seventh consecutive defeat.

Eleventh in the Western Conference, the Lakers cannot reach the play-in tournament for the battle for the play-offs in their three remaining games and are out of the postseason for the first time since 2019. James was missing due to an ankle injury and had to watch the loss to Phoenix from the sidelines.

The Wagner brothers managed to find success again with Orlando Magic after six losses in a row. In the 120-115 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Moritz Wagner scored 15 points and added three rebounds and three assists. His younger brother Franz, who had missed the previous game due to injury, had to leave the court after about seven minutes of action due to a sprained ankle.

Without Dennis Schröder, the West-leading Houston Rockets lost 105-118 to the Brooklyn Nets.