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Los Angeles Lakers push Nuggets to the brink 3-1ūüŹÄ

Some takeaways from Los Angeles Lakers victory over Denver.

The Lakers brought a strong performance in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals last night but, unfortunately, they now find themselves in a most unenviable position: Holding a 3-1 lead over the Denver Nuggets.
Such an advantage didn’t work out well for the first couple of teams to do it before the Lakers, but LA was clearly willing to roll the dice and take their chances — as evidenced by their effort against Denver on Thursday night.¬†Some takeaways from Colin Ward-Henninger:
  • Blindsided on the boards:¬†The Lakers outrebounded the Nuggets, 43-31, (including a 12-6 advantage in offensive rebounds). They had 25 second-chance points and it was arguably the biggest reason Denver lost the game. Oddly enough, the Nuggets outrebounded the Lakers, 44-25, in Game 3
  • LeBron James takes on the challenge: LeBron had a big night for the Lakers on both ends of the floor. Not only did he drop 26 points, but he also guarded¬†Jamal Murray¬†late in the game and came up with a massive block at the rim on a key possession — although some may say LeBron fouled him. (Michael Malone¬†really wasn’t pleased with the officiating in this game and threw some shade at¬†Frank Vogel¬†by¬†joking that he’d have to “go through the proper channels” to fix it.¬†) In any case, the Nuggets had a chance to cut the lead to one but instead the Lakers got a bucket going the other way and Denver never recovered
  • Quiet night for Joker: Jamal Murray¬†had 32 points and Denver got some solid secondary production behind him, but¬†Nikola Jokic had a very pedestrian night. He went for just 16 points on 13 attempts and two free throws. He missed a good chunk of the fourth quarter due to foul trouble but he’ll have to be more aggressive offensively moving forward.
Los Angeles Lakers push Nuggets to the brink

The Los Angeles Lakers brought a strong performance in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals last night but, unfortunately, they now find themselves Holding a 3-1 lead over the Denver Nuggets.

So, here we are. Another 3-1 series deficit for Denver… can they do it again? It seems unlikely but, honestly, you’d be a fool to count them out at this point. At the very least I feel like we deserve a few more games of this series, don’t you?

 

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