Lakers-Warriors NBA play-in game draws 5.6 million viewers

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden Command Warriors drives to the basket in opposition to the Los Angeles Lakers all the arrangement in which thru the 2021 NBA Play-In Occasion on Might perchance presumably perchance additionally 19, 2021 at STAPLES Heart in Los Angeles, California.

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The National Basketball Association’s play-in game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden Command Warriors drew an moderate of 5.6 million viewers on Wednesday evening.

ESPN said the sport peaked at 6.1 million viewers round 12: 30 a.m. Jap Time. The network said the sport became the most-watched contest on ESPN for the explanation that 2019 Western Convention round. That series additionally featured Curry and the Warriors.

LeBron James led the Lakers to a 103-100 capture over the Steph Curry-led Warriors. James performed with a triple-double (22 capabilities, 11 rebounds and 10 assists), including the sport-excellent shot because the seventh-seed Lakers secured their playoff berth.

NBA play-in games pair seeds 7-to-10 in every conference, with winners securing the closing four playoff spots. The seventh and eighth seed play for the rights to the seventh disaster. The loser of the competition has one more likelihood to clinch when the group plays the winner of the ninth and 10th-seed game.

The NBA installed play-in games final summer season after the Covid-19 pandemic interrupted its season. And the league desired to help national media partners Turner Sports and ESPN recover from monetary losses as games were suspended.

Per the NBA, the decrease seeded contest between the Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs averaged 2.29 million viewers. The Grizzlies received the sport (100-96) and can silent play the Warriors on Friday for the rights to the closing playoff disaster.

Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies rebounds the ball in opposition to the San Antonio Spurs all the arrangement in which thru the 2021 NBA Play-In Occasion on Might perchance presumably perchance additionally 19, 2021 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee.

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On Tuesday, Turner additionally reported powerful viewership for its contests. The seventh-seed Boston Celtics capture over the Washington Wizards averaged 2.5 million viewers, whereas the Charlotte Hornets and Indiana Pacers game averaged 1.4 million viewers.

“The early returns are correct,” said Evan Wasch, executive vp of basketball draw and analytics, when discussing the play-in games with CNBC earlier this month. “We’re seeing an increased stage of rivals slack in the season. We’re seeing extra playoff races from top to backside in the standings – teams combating for six, combating seven eight, combating for 10.”

Following the play-in, the NBA will open its 2021 postseason on Saturday, with four games scheduled, including the Brooklyn Nets web web hosting the Celtics.