Lakers vs. Nuggets: What scouts expect in Western Conference finals
Nikola Jokić led the Denver Nuggets to a Game 1 victory in the Western Conference finals against the Los Angeles Lakers, finishing with an incredible 34 points, 21 rebounds and 14 assists. The Nuggets managed to hold off a late rally by the Lakers to secure a 132-126 win at Ball Arena in Denver, taking a 1-0 lead in the series. Jamal Murray also had an impressive performance, contributing 31 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Lakers with 21 points. Despite Anthony Davis’ 40-point effort and LeBron James’ near-triple-double with 26 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists, the Lakers fell short. Although they got within three points with 1:12 remaining in the game, they were unable to hit the crucial shot to surpass the top-seeded Nuggets. Game 2 is scheduled for Thursday.
Lakers’ priority: Slow down Nikola Jokic to win Game 1 and grab control of series