Lak­ers edge closer

The Timaru Herald - - Sport -

The Los An­ge­les Lak­ers are a vic­tory away from re­turn­ing to the NBA Fi­nals – and only an­other come­back from 3-1 down by the Den­ver Nuggets can stop them. An­thony Davis scored 34 points, LeBron James had 26 and the Lak­ers beat the Nuggets 114-108 in Game 4 of the Western Con­fer­ence fi­nals yes­ter­day. Davis got the Lak­ers off to a fast start with his scor­ing and James helped them fin­ish it with his de­fence, forc­ing Ja­mal Mur­ray into some late misses af­ter the guard had kept the Nuggets in it with an ar­ray of high-dif­fi­culty bas­kets. James added nine re­bounds and eight as­sists, and the Lak­ers had 12 of­fen­sive re­bounds for a 25-6 ad­van­tage in sec­ond-chance points. Game 5 is to­mor­row, when the Lak­ers can reach the NBA Fi­nals for the first time in a decade. The Lak­ers have 16 cham­pi­onships, one be­hind Bos­ton for the most in NBA history, but they haven’t played for one since win­ning their most re­cent ti­tle in 2010.

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