May 19, 2023 (Jack87 News) – The Western Conference finals of the NBA playoffs continued to be fought fiercely. Among them, the Denver Nuggets who fell behind by 11 points at home, chased and finally defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 108-103, expanding the series to 2-0. Despite of Davis and Lebron’s double-double performance, BK8 Jokic’ triple-double managed to outpower them and write history of his own dominance.
Specific Scores (the Lakers are in front): 27-27, 26-21, 26-28, 24-32.
Nuggets Player Stats: Porter 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists, Gordon 10 points and 4 rebounds, Jokic 23 points, 17 rebounds and 12 assists, Pope 8 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists, Murray 37 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists, and Brown 12 Points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
Lakers Player Stats: James 22 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists, Vanderbilt 4 points and 2 rebounds, Davis 18 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists, Reeves 22 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists, Russell 10 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists, Hachimura 21 points and 2 rebounds, and Schroeder 4 points and 6 rebounds.
The Lakers changed their formation and replaced Schroeder with Vanderbilt in the starting lineup. Bet99 Vanderbilt opened the game with a dunk, Reeves hit a 3-pointer, and the Lakers led 6-0 at the start. Gordon scored 4 points in a row to end the Nuggets’ scoring drought. Although Reeves scored another 3 points, Murray responded with 3 points, and Jokic contributed 9 points in the first quarter with penalty shots, helping the Nuggets to tie the score to 27 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Hachimura scored 5 points in a row. He made 6 of 6 and became the first player in the team to score in double figures. The Lakers stopped the Nuggets 7-0. Porter made a 3-pointer and Jokic also scored from the inside. Although James made an embarrassing mistake in a fast break, the Lakers still expanded the point difference to 10 with a wave of 15-5 attacks at the beginning. Before the end of this quarter, James assisted Hachimura for a dunk, and the Lakers led the Nuggets 53-48 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Reeves scored 5 points in a row, and the Lakers started with a 7-2 spurt to widen the point difference to 10 points again. Pope and Brown became the surprise players of the Nuggets. They scored three-pointers in a row and played a wave of 10-0 attacks to chase the score. Jokic, who rested for less than 4 minutes in the first three quarters, successfully made a tip-up. After the third quarter, the Nuggets chased the score to 76-79.
In the last quarter, 22Bet James and Jokic fouled each other. Murray scored 5 points in a row to overtake the score. The Lakers had only 4 points in the first 5 minutes of this quarter, and only made one goal. After the timeout, Jokic, who reappeared, assisted Brown to hit a 3-pointer. Murray scored more than 30 points in the mid-range shot, and Reeves made a long-range three-pointer. However, Murray made 5 of 6 free throws to seal the victory. In the end, the Denver Nuggets defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 108-103, expanding the series to 2-0.