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Photos | Lakers beat Timberwolves, advance to the playoffs


The Lakers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-102 on Tuesday night at Crypto.com Arena in an NBA play-in game to earn the No. 7 seed in the playoffs.

Lakers Troy Brown Jr., right, and Anthony Davis, top battle for a loose ball with Timberwolves forward Taurean Prince during the second quarter.

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The victory sends the Lakers to Memphis to play the Grizzlies in Game 1 of a first-round series Sunday.

Lakers forward LeBron James passes the ball over a Timberwolves defender to a teammate cutting to the basket.

Lakers forward LeBron James passes the ball over a Timberwolves defender to a teammate cutting to the basket.

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The Lakers trailed by 15 points, 80-65, in the third quarter before holding Minnesota to 14 fourth-quarter points to get back into the game. But after Dennis Schroder gave the Lakers a 98-95 lead with 1.4 seconds left, Anthony Davis fouled Timberwolves guard Mike Conley on a three-pointer, with Conley making all three free throws to force overtime.

Lakers forward Anthony Davis has the ball stolen by Timberwolves forward Kyle Anderson while driving to the basket.

Lakers forward Anthony Davis has the ball stolen by Timberwolves forward Kyle Anderson while driving to the basket in the second quarter.

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The Lakers then scored seven of the first nine points in overtime to take control of the game and pull out the victory.

Lakers guard Dennis Schroder releases a three-pointer from the corner for a 98-95 lead late in the fourth quarter.

Lakers guard Dennis Schroder releases a three-pointer from the corner for a 98-95 lead late in the fourth quarter.

(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Minnesota will host the winner of the 9/10 play-in game between host New Orleans and Oklahoma City on Friday for the eighth and final seed in the playoffs. The Pelicans and Thunder play Wednesday.

Lakers guard Dennis Schroder celebrates the go-ahead three-pointer against the Timberwolves in the fourth quarter.

Lakers guard Dennis Schroder celebrates the go-ahead three-pointer against the Timberwolves in the fourth quarter.

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Lakers forward Anthony Davis fouls Timberwolves guard Mike Conley on a three-point attempt.

Lakers forward Anthony Davis fouls Timberwolves guard Mike Conley on a three-point attempt with .01 left in the fourth quarter. Conley made all three free throws to force overtime.

(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

The Lakers' Anthony Davis celebrates scoring against the Timberwolves in overtime Tuesday

Lakers forward Anthony Davis celebrates his basket in overtime.

(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)



This story originally appeared on LA Times

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