LeBron James and Anthony Davis led the Lakers to a 116-98 victory.
LA had been slow starters in their previous two series, but not this time. The Los Angeles Lakers made an emphatic statement as their NBA Western Conference final series began, beating the Denver Nuggets 126-114.
Anthony Davis led the Lakers with 29 points, while Houston’s James Harden did not attempt a shot in the final quarter.
The Los Angeles Clippers are also just one win away from their conference finals after they defeated the Denver Nuggets 96-85.
LeBron James helped the Los Angeles Lakers to a 2-1 series lead over the Houston Rockets.
The Boston Celtics star criticised Turkey’s president Recep Erdogan in 2013 and paid a harrowing price.
Khris Middleton led the fight after the MVP’s departure, netting 36 points for the Bucks.
There was late drama in Orlando for a second successive night.
The Nuggets go on to face the Clippers.
Utah and Denver will face off in a win-and-in clash.
The NBA had been paused while players protested following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.
The NBA play-offs were suspended for three days after players went on strike in protest at the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin last week.
Athletes have spoken out in the aftermath of the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin on Sunday.
The Bucks did not emerge from their locker room for practice ahead of game five
Major US sporting events were called off on Wednesday as athletes protested against...
The Colorado side fought back from a 63-54 deficit at half time to win by 10 and now trail 3-2 in the seven-game series.
Reigning champions Toronto and Boston completed 4-0 series sweeps.
The Lakers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 116-108 as the NBA’s play-offs continued.
Anthony Davis led the way for the Lakers with 31 points.
Portland saw off the Memphis Grizzlies in the play-in game.
The NBA has been shut down since March 11 but resumes with a 22-team mini-tournament in Florida this week.
Play will resume on July 30 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
The Brooklyn Nets man also has the option to purchase a further five per cent share.
Each of the 22 returning teams will play eight “seeding games” and will be combined with the regular-season results to complete the play-offs.
The NBA is in discussions with The Walt Disney Company about resuming the NBA in late July.