With just days remaining in the 2021 NBA season, there is a fierce battle going on in the West standings right now.
The Lakers and Trail Blazers are locked into a war for the 6th seed, and a ticket to avoid the play-in tournament.
Had Portland won tonight's game against Phoenix, L.A.'s fate would have been set. But in a last-minute call by the refs, Devin Booker drew a foul on Norman Powell, sending him to the line where he inked two free throws to seal the game and keep the Lakers' hopes alive.
The foul itself was controversial, leading to many jokes and reactions from the Twitter community.
In all seriousness, this is exactly why the play-in tournament is such as asset to the league. Usually, the end of the season is a time where teams rest their stars and coast by as they prepare for the playoffs. This season, though, it's actually highly intense as teams do what they can to avoid the play-in.
It will be interesting to see how the next few days play out. Will the Lakers secure the 6th seed and avoid an extra round? Will they drop the ball and miss the cut?
Whatever the case, it is shaping up to be a captivating ending for what has been an extraordinary season.