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NBA: Nikola Jokic, Nuggets survive Lakers’ rally in Game 1

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Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets shoots the ball between Dennis Schroder #17 and LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers throughout the third quarter in sport one of many Western Convention Finals at Ball Area on Could 16, 2023 in Denver, Colorado. Matthew Stockman/Getty Photos/AFP

Nikola Jokic had 34 factors, 21 rebounds and 14 assists, Jamal Murray scored 31 factors and the host Denver Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Lakers 132-126 in Sport 1 of the Western Convention finals on Tuesday night time.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope contributed 21 factors, Bruce Brown had 16, Michael Porter Jr. added 15 factors and 10 rebounds and Aaron Gordon completed with 12 factors for the Nuggets.

Sport 2 of the best-of-seven collection is Thursday night time in Denver.

Anthony Davis had 40 factors and 10 rebounds, LeBron James completed with 26 factors, 12 rebounds and 9 assists, Austin Reaves scored 23 factors and Rui Hachimura put up 17 factors for the Lakers.

Los Angeles trailed by 21 within the third quarter however chipped away on the deficit, getting inside three factors thrice within the closing 4 minutes. Denver responded by scoring the following factors every time.

The Lakers opened the fourth on an 8-2 run to drag inside 108-100 with 10:10 left.

Porter and Jeff Inexperienced hit nook 3-pointers and Murray scored on consecutive possessions to make it 118-104.

Los Angeles received inside 124-118 with 3:53 left, and a Nuggets turnover led to a Reaves 3-pointer that made it a three-point sport. Denver received the margin again to 6, however one other Reaves 3-pointer made it 127-124 with 2:18 left.

James had an opportunity to tie with 45 seconds left however missed a 3-point try, and Jokic closed it out on the line.

Denver used a 36-13 edge in rebounding to take a 72-54 lead into halftime. Jokic had 12 rebounds within the first quarter and completed with 16 for the half to associate with 19 factors and 7 assists.

Murray hit a pair of 3-pointers in the beginning of the third, giving the Nuggets a 78-58 lead. Jokic notched his triple-double when he fed Caldwell-Pope for a floating jumper halfway by means of the third quarter. It’s his twelfth postseason triple-double, essentially the most by a middle in NBA historical past.

Jokic put the Nuggets forward 93-72 with a 3-pointer and fed Caldwell-Pope for one more earlier than Los Angeles closed the third robust. The Lakers went on a 16-7 run, however Jokic drained a 28-footer on the quarter buzzer to make it a 14-point sport coming into the fourth.


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