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).
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.
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.
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.