Lak­ers on verge of West crown

An­thony Davis and LeBron James com­bined for 60 points as the top seeded Los An­ge­les Lak­ers seized con­trol of their Western Con­fer­ence fi­nals se­ries with a 114-108 vic­tory over the Den­ver Nuggets on Thurs­day (Fri­day Phl time).

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James fin­ished with 26 points, nine re­bounds, and eight as­sists and Davis had 34 points as Lak­ers held on to beat the Nuggets and take a 3-1 lead in the be­stof-seven se­ries in the NBA’s quar­an­tine bub­ble in Or­lando, Florida.

Game 5 is slated on Satur­day (Sun­day Phl time) in Or­lando. The Lak­ers have wrapped up both their pre­vi­ous se­ries in five games.

Ja­mal Mur­ray led the Nuggets with 32 points and eight as­sists, while Jerami

Grant fin­ished with 17 for Den­ver. Ser­bia’s Nikola Jo­kic was held in check most of the game and fin­ished with a dis­ap­point­ing 16 points.

Den­ver has dug an­other big hole in these play­offs and if they are go­ing to ad­vance to the NBA fi­nals they will have to come back from a 3-1 deficit for the third straight se­ries.

Den­ver lost game four in each of their first two se­ries against Utah and the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers be­fore mak­ing a pair of his­toric come­backs.

Ken­tavi­ous Cald­well-Pope had 13 points and Ra­jon Rondo tal­lied 11 points for the Lak­ers, who bounced back from a loss in game three in which they re­bounded poorly by outscor­ing the Nuggets 25-6 in sec­ond chance points on Thurs­day. Rondo also had seven as­sists.

The Lak­ers took the lead 10-9 on a 17-foot bas­ket by Davis with 8:16 left in the first quar­ter and led the close con­test the rest of the way.

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE

LeBron James #23 of the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers drives to the bas­ket against the Den­ver Nuggets dur­ing Game Four of the Western Con­fer­ence Fi­nals in Or­lando, Florida at Ad­ven­tHealth Arena.

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE

An­thony Davis #3 of the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers shoots the ball against the Den­ver Nuggets dur­ing Game Four of the Western Con­fer­ence Fi­nals in Or­lando, Florida at Ad­ven­tHealth Arena.

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