NBA: Los Angeles Lakers secure Western Conference top-seed play-off spot for first time in decade

The Los Angeles Lakers have secured the top spot in the NBA’s Western Conference for the first time in 10 years after beating the Utah Jazz.

Anthony Davis scored 42 points as the Lakers bounced back from defeat to the Toronto Raptors to overcome a stubborn Jazz side 116-108 in Florida.

The Lakers will face the number of eight seed in the play-offs.

“It’s just one of the milestones of many to get to where we want to be,” said Davis.

“All the stuff we’ve been through this season, to clinch number one in the West means a lot but we’re not finished,” Davis added.

It’s the 20th time this season that Davis has scored 20 points or more in the first half for the side since Lakers Kobe Bryant.

Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash in January, led the team to the NBA Finals crown the last time they were top seeds in 2010.

“To be in a category with him means a lot,” Davis added. “I know he’s looking down on us, cheering us on.”



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