LOS ANGELES, California – Although teammate and two-time league MVP Nikola Jokic is having a historic postseason, Jamal Murray is mostly to blame for the Denver Nuggets’ proximity to their first NBA Finals appearance.
In Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Denver Nuggets will have a chance to come closer to the elusive goal on Saturday night.
The 108 to 103 victories on Thursday gave Denver a 2 to 0 lead in the best-of-seven series thanks to Murray’s spectacular fourth-quarter outburst.
On 6-of-7 shooting, including four 3-pointers, he scored 23 of Denver’s 32 points in the fourth quarter as the Nuggets defeated the Lakers. Murray scored a total of 37 points, which was a game high.
Denver trailed by three points heading into the fourth quarter and Murray’s performance was poor through the first three quarters, making just five of his 17 shots.
Jokic declared, “I thought he was amazing.” Yes, he may have had trouble making shots in the opening period, but he came through when it counted and essentially won the game for us.
Over the course of the series, Murray averages 34 points. In Game 1, Denver won 132 to 126 thanks to his 31 points.
After the second game, he claimed that the poor shooting through the first three quarters wasn’t even a problem.
Jokic produced 23 points, 17 rebounds, and 12 assists for his seventh playoff triple-double and 13th overall.
The fact that the top-seeded team that has already defeated the Nuggets twice has not been the focus of national attention, but rather the struggles of the seventh-seeded Lakers, is one thing that the Nuggets find unsettling.
Denver coach Michael Malone saidDenver coach Michael Malone, “No one talked about Nikola having a historic performance (in Game 1).” He currently ranks third all-time with 13 triple-doubles. He is doing something very amazing. However, neither Nikola nor the Nuggets were the subject of the story. The Lakers and their changes were the subject of the story.
If Los Angeles wants to compete in the series, it will need to make a lot of changes.
LeBron James also thinks the Lakers must win Game 3 in order for the series to continue.
James twisted his ankle during the end of Game 2, but he claims that the injury is minimal and that he will participate in Saturday’s game.
In Game 2, James had a point total of 22, but he made no three-pointers, shooting a total of 0 for 6. In Game 2, Anthony Davis scored only 18 points. putting up 40 in Game 1, but only making 4 of 15 shots.
Due to the fact that the Lakers are 6-0 at home in the postseason, coach Darvin Ham still believes that the series can be won.
Los Angeles is doing well in the series because of Austin Reaves (22.5 points per game) and Rui Hachimura (19.0 points per game).