Rui Hachimura scored 12 points and grabbed one rebound in the Los Angeles Lakers' 133-89 semifinal rout of the New Orleans Pelicans at the NBA In-Season Tournament on Thursday.

Rui Hachimura (28) of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks the ball during a game against the New Orleans Pelicans during the semifinals of the In-Season Tournament on Dec. 7, 2023, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (NBAE/Getty/Kyodo)

The Japanese forward played 21 minutes off the bench in his second game back from nasal surgery. LeBron James led the Lakers with a game-high 30 points and Anthony Davis tallied 16 points with 15 rebounds at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

In Saturday's final of the inaugural event, the Lakers will take on the Indiana Pacers, who defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 128-119 in the other semifinal.


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