A fired-up James scored eight of the Lakers' 12 points in the extra session, draining a pair of three-pointers for the win in his return from a one-game ban as his team fell to the Knicks.
It was the 10th career 50-point game for the 33-year-old Curry, who passed Wilt Chamberlain to become the oldest player in NBA history with a 50-point, 10-assist game
After receiving their rings, raising a banner and watching a highlight video of their first NBA championship since 1971, the Bucks defeated the team that nearly eliminated them in the second round of the playoffs.
Milwaukee will try to become the first NBA champion from the Eastern Conference to repeat since James led Miami to titles in 2012 and 2013 as the league aims for its first full 82-game per club campaign since 2018-19
It's easy to see why the Lakers would be a fashionable pick to emerge as the Western Conference representative in the NBA Finals this season.
"I guess you don't own your body. That's what it comes down to. If you want to work in society today, then I guess they made the rules of what goes in your body and what you do. The only options were to get vaccinated or not play in the NBA. It was a tough decision," Wiggins said.
NBA's policy means players with teams based in San Francisco and New York — where local regulations require full vaccination for indoor events — must get vaccinated or else risk seeing their pay effectively cut in half.
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Steph Curry led the Golden State Warriors to five straight NBA Finals and championships in 2015, '17 and '18.
NBA: Giannis Antetokounmpo jumps, Phoenix Suns rise but LeBron James, LA Lakers top merchandise sales
The NBA and its players union announced that four-time NBA champion James led jersey sales and his 2020 NBA champion Lakers were still the hottest money spinner in merchandise sales.
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LeBron James wants whoever thought of the NBA’s play-in tournament to be sacked. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and superstar Luka Doncic are no fans of the addition either. So what is the NBA's play-in tournament? Firstpost explains.
Morant made consecutive jumpers in the final 48 seconds of overtime and scored 35 points, and Memphis advanced to the post-season for the first time in four years by holding off Curry and the Warriors 117-112
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In the other play-in game, the Grizzlies earned the right to face the Warriors next by beating the 10th-seeded San Antonio Spurs 100-96.
NBA: LeBron James-Stephen Curry clash to be highlight of play-in round as teams jostle for playoff spots
LeBron James and Stephen Curry have squared off four times for championships, back in the days of those Warriors-Cleveland matchups in the NBA Finals being annual events. They’ll square off on Wednesday for a slightly different prize — the No 7 seed in the West playoffs.
No 7 Los Angeles will host No 8 Golden State in the Western Conference play-in with the winner taking the seventh seed and a spot against Phoenix and the loser having to play another game to determine the eighth seed.
Ben Simmons added 13 points and nine assists to help the 76ers improve to 48-23. Philadelphia could've clinched earlier this week, but lost at Indiana on Tuesday and at Miami on Thursday.
Andrew Wiggins poured in 38 points as the Golden State Warriors upset the second ranked Phoenix Suns 122-116 in San Francisco.
Stephen Curry scored 49 points in 29 minutes and matched his season best with 11 3-pointers and Golden State beat Oklahoma City.
NBA: Luka Doncic delivers for Dallas Mavericks; Stephen Curry scores 30 in Golden State Warriors' win
"Everyone expects greatness from Doncic every single night," said Dallas coach Rick Carlisle. "Just think about it, at 22 years old and having that kind of expectation put on him every night. But he is an amazing player."
Jamal Murray's injury is a big blow to the Nuggets who are coming off a season in which they advanced to the Western Conference finals and are hoping to make another deep postseason run.