NBA In-Season Tournament scores, bracket: Bucks rout Knicks; Lakers hang on vs. Suns to reach semifinals


The 2023 NBA In-Season Tournament continues with two more quarterfinal games on Tuesday night. It's Bucks vs. Knicks in the East and Lakers vs. Suns in the West with semifinal spots on the line. The Pacers and Pelicans await the winners after they won quarterfinal matchups on Monday night, ousting the Celtics and Kings, respectively.

The In-Season Tournament quarterfinals are being held on teams' home courts, but Thursday's semifinals and championship game will be played in Las Vegas. The NBA In-Season Tournament championship game is slated for Saturday.

NBA In-Season Tournament schedule, scores

All times Eastern


Monday, Dec. 4
Pacers 122, Celtics 112
Pelicans 127, Kings 117

Tuesday, Dec. 5
Knicks at Bucks, 7:30 p.m., TNT
Suns at Lakers, 10 p.m., TNT

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Keep on reading for results and breakdowns from each NBA In-Season Tournament game.

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FINAL: LAKERS 106, Suns 103

The Los Angeles Lakers advanced to the semifinals of the In-Season Tournament with a controversial win over the Phoenix Suns. Late in the fourth quarter, the Lakers were clinging to a two-point lead when they were granted a timeout and the ball despite no one having control. Anthony Davis only hit one of his two free throws on the ensuing possession, but that was enough to ensure a Lakers' win.

LeBron James finished with 31 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists and five steals to lead the way for the Lakers. In the process, he became the first Lakers player with at least 30 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and five steals in a game since Magic Johnson in 1987. 

Our Sam Quinn broke down the controversial timeout call

December 6, 2023, 6:19 AM
Dec. 06, 2023, 1:19 am EST
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FINAL: BUCKS 146, Knicks 122

After two upsets in the In-Season Tournament's quarterfinals on Monday, Tuesday sent our first favorite to Las Vegas. The Milwaukee Bucks overwhelmed the New York Knicks, 146-122, behind an absolutely incredible 3-point shooting performance. The Bucks, now 5-0 in tournament play, made 23 of their 38 3-point attempts (60.5% in total from deep), and a Knicks team that relies on defense over shooting just couldn't keep up. Julius Randle led all scorers with 41 points, but Milwaukee got 63 from stars Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard combined in the victory.

Now the Bucks will travel to Las Vegas to face off with the Indiana Pacers in the semifinals of the In-Season Tournament.

Our Jack Maloney has all the details on the Bucks' offensive outburst

December 6, 2023, 2:59 AM
Dec. 05, 2023, 9:59 pm EST
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IST bracket heading into Tuesday

Here's a look at where things stand. It's Bucks-Knicks and Lakers-Suns tonight. Who will make the final four?

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FINAL: Pelicans 127, Kings 117

The Pelicans have a spot secured in Las Vegas with their 10-point road win over the Kings. Sacramento erased an early deficit, and Brandon Ingram scored 30 points in the victory. New Orleans now awaits the winner of Tuesday night's Suns-Lakers game.

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FINAL: Pacers 122, Celtics 112

The Pacers were the first team to punch their ticket to the In-Season Tournament semifinals. Tyrese Haliburton had a game to remember with a triple-double: 26 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists. The Pacers won at home and outscored the Celtics by 17 points in the second half. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined for 62 points for Boston, but it wasn't enough.

CBS Sports' Sam Quinn wrote about why Haliburton is exactly the kind of star that should shine in the In-Season Tournament.