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Lillard: In-Season Tournament is 'growing on everybody'

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Milwaukee Bucks guard Damian Lillard says the inaugural NBA In-Season Tournament is becoming a hit with players across the league.

In an interview with TNT's "Inside the NBA" ahead of the Bucks' game against the New York Knicks on Tuesday night, Lillard explained how players' opinions of the tournament have changed as the season has gone on.

"I think it's growing on everybody a little bit more," Lillard said. "In the beginning, we didn't really know what it was; we just knew that money was on the line. ... Now it's turned into real entertainment, real competitive basketball. We playing for something."

The Bucks defeated the Knicks 146-122 to advance to the tournament's semifinal round, where they'll face the Indiana Pacers. The Los Angeles Lakers will square off against the New Orleans Pelicans in the other semifinal matchup.

The semifinals will take place Thursday in Las Vegas, followed by the championship game on Saturday. Each player on the winning team will receive $500,000 in prize money, while the runners-up will get $200,000 each.

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