The LA Lakers will not renew their NBA title. The defending champion was eliminated by the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the playoffs of the North American professional basketball competition.
The Suns won their sixth game 113-100 on Thursday, beating LeBron James’s team 4-2.
It is only the fifth time in NBA history that a defending champion has already had to leave the championship in the first round of the playoffs. That happened to San Antonio (2000 and 2015), Miami (2007) and Dallas (2012).