Los Angeles Lakers beat LA Clippers 103-101 as NBA restarts in Florida

In another game, Utah Jazz sealed a 106-104 win over New Orleans Pelicans.

Los Angeles Lakers beat LA Clippers 103-101 as NBA restarts in Florida
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After the game was distrupted due to coronavirus pandemic in March, the National Basketball League (NBA) made a return for the first time with virtual fans in Florida on Friday.

The game resumed with New Orleans Pelicans taking on Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers locking horns with LA Clippers.

In the first NBA game in more than four months, French basketball player Rudy Gobert sank two free throws with just seven seconds left to finish with 14-point, 12-rebound and three-block to help Utah Jazz seal a 106-104 win over New Orleans Pelicans.

Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley scored 20 points each for Utah, while Jordan Clarkson notched up 23 points for his side during the first match after resumption.

In another clash of the day, first-placed Los Angeles Lakers defeated LA Clippers 103-101.

LeBron James stealed the show for the Lakers by playing a winning shot with 12.8 seconds left in the game. He finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.

Anthony Davis added 34 points besides grabbing eight rebounds for the Lakers, while Kyle Kuzma added 16 points for the side.

For Clippers, Paul George scored 30 points, but he missed out on a three-point attempt at the final horn. 

Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points,while Patrick Beverley and Reggie Jackson added 12 and 10 points, repectively for Clippers.

Meanwhile, the players of the four teams were also seen donning 'Black Lives Matter’ t-shirts and taking a knee during the US national anthem in order to show their support to the movement.

In fact, Black Lives Matter was also written on the court at the Disney World in Orlando,Florida, where the NBA is planning to finish its season with a total of 22 teams based inside a bio-secure 'bubble'.