May 21, 2023 (Jack87 News) – The Los Angeles Lakers ushered in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Denver Nuggets at home. After the whole game, the Nuggets beat the Lakers 119-108, leading the total score of 3-0 BK8, bagging a really huge advantage. They are now one win away from the Western Finals championship trophy.
Specific scores: 32-20, 26-35, 26-27, 35-26 (the Lakers are behind).
Nuggets Player Stats: Jokic 15 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists, Jamal Murray 37 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals, Michael Porter Jr. 14 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists, Aaron Gordon 7 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists, Pope 17 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals, and Bruce Brown 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
Lakers Player Stats: James 23 points, 12 assists and 7 rebounds, Davis 28 points, 18 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 blocks, Austin Reeves 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, and Hachimura 13 points and 6 rebounds.
The Nuggets opened the game with Pope’s jump shot. But soon, Russell hit a three-pointer, while Murray of the Nuggets continued his fiery touch in the past two games, hitting consecutive step-back jumpers and three-pointers. The Nuggets have already led by 11 points. During the countdown of this section, Lonnie Walker hit the net with a three-pointer, and Murray turned over and made a jumper. After the single quarter, the Nuggets temporarily led 32-20.
In the second quarter, Bet99 Davis and Reeves hit consecutive layups, and the point difference once returned to single digits. But for the Nuggets, Murray hit a three-pointer again, and Jokic also started to exert strength. He succeeded in an air cut layup and made a three-pointer, and the point difference returned to double digits. In the latter part of this quarter, James hit Foster, one of the referees on duty, in a fast break, causing the corner of the latter’s mouth to crack and bleed. After two quarters, the Nuggets continued to lead 58-55.
The teams changed sides and fight again, Pope hit a three-pointer as soon as he came up, and Davis responded quickly with his own bucket. But since then, the Nuggets have continued to firmly hold the advantage on the court, especially Pope, who scored 12 points in a single quarter against his former team. However, Jokic got his fourth foul early in this quarter and left the court early to rest, which also gave the Lakers a good opportunity to counterattack. After three quarters, the Lakers chased the score and the Nuggets lead goes down to 84-82.
In the final quarter, Rui Hachimura’s three-pointer once allowed the Lakers to overtake. But after that, Jokic reappeared and the Nuggets stabilized the situation. In the middle of this section, 22Bet Murray felt warmer and hit a three-pointer. The Nuggets regained their lead by more than 10 points. James made free throws and three-pointers in a row, scoring 20+ personally, but obviously his physical fitness was once again exhausted to the limit. So next, the Nuggets maintained their double-digit advantage, and the suspense was gradually killed. In the end, after the game was over, the Nuggets beat the Lakers again 119-108, leading 3-0 in the series.