LeBron James scored 29 factors because the Los Angeles Lakers reached their first Western Conference in 10 years with a 119-96 win over the Houston Rockets.
The final time they reached this stage was when Lakers legend Kobe Bryant led them to the 2010 NBA title.
Bryant, 41, and his daughter Gianna, 13, have been amongst nine people killed in a helicopter crash in January.
James, who joined the Lakers in 2018, stated it was an “honour” play for the staff and proceed the “legacy”.
Five-time NBA champion Bryant spent his whole 20-year profession with the Lakers and is the one participant in league historical past to have two shirt numbers retired with the identical staff after carrying each for a decade.
“The purpose I needed to be part of this franchise is to take them again to a spot they have been accustomed to being,” stated three-time NBA champion James, 35. “And that is competing for a championship.
“It’s an honour for me to put on the purple and gold and for us to attempt to proceed the legacy and simply play nice basketball for our followers.”
Kyle Kuzma scored 17 factors for the Lakers, Markieff Morris received 16, Danny Green contributed 14 and Anthony Davis 13, whereas James Harden completed with 30 factors for the Rockets.
The Lakers, who received the collection 4-1, will face both the Los Angeles Clippers or the Denver Nuggets within the subsequent spherical, with the Clippers main that collection 3-2.