Los Angeles Lakers are the Western Conference Champions after enduring an hard-fought 117-107 win over Denver Nuggets to return to the NBA Finals for the first time in 10 years. Denver Nuggets made a valiant effort, but were unable to overcome a third straight 3-1 series deficit.
Lebron James sored nine points on the stretch to erase any hopes of Denver Nuggets turning this around, The Lakers guard, will now feature in his 10th NBA finals.
James was fired-up all night long, getting to the rim dunking consecutive points and to the free throw line to consistently get his team high-percentage baskets, and he absolutely took over down the stretch to send the Nuggets packing. His parter who is reaching his first ever NBA final Anthony Davis battled first-half foul trouble, but came up big in the second half as the Lakers thwarted Denver’s comeback bid.
Denver Nuggets failed to get into their top gear in the first half due to more foul trouble for Nikola Jokic and an injury to Jamal Murray which appeared to make him less than 100 percent. True to form, the Nuggets cut the Lakers’ 10-point halftime lead to just three to start the fourth quarter, but they were unable to reproduce the heroics that got them to this point.
Lebron James Spoke after the game
“my teammates say bring this home, it is my resposniblity to do right things and bring this home, we gonna enjoy it tonight, there is only two teams that can make to the final out of 30 teams competeting, we all know we still got bigger fish to fry.”
Dwight Howard had two key blocks for the Lakers level with Anthony Davis who also had two blocks and a steal, meanwhile the former New Orleans Pelicans players, feels happy to reach his first-ever NBA finals.
“it feels good, we have done alot this year, we all know the job is not done, while we enjoy this we still got spme work to do, it is my job, that was why they brought me here, i took the responsibilty with Lebron, and all this guy are ready for the challenge.”
Lebron James scored his 27th career-triple double, as he scored 38 points 16 rebounds and 10 assist, while Anthony Davis registered 27 points for the Lakers. Meanhwile Jeremi Grant scored a team-high 20 points for the Nuggets, who crash out of the competition.
Jamal Murray says he was playing with a bone bruise in his right leg: “I was in pain but it’s cool…I was struggling a bit today.” Also said he has a big bruise on his foot that bothered him. He tried to change shoes but it didn’t help.
The Lakers now seek the franchise’s 17th NBA title, and will meet the winner of the Eastern Conference finals series between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics.