Los Angeles Lakers
- Points: Anthony Davis – 34
- Aides: LeBron James – 8
- Rebonds: Dwight Howard – 11
- Points: Jamal Murray – 32
- Assists: Jamal Murray – 8
- Rebounds: Michael Porter Jr – 8
Lakers lead best of seven series 3-1
The seeded Lakers hold a 3-1 series lead and are one win away from the NBA Finals. Game 5 is scheduled for the wee hours of Sunday morning (2 a.m.), live on Sky Sports Mix (Ch 416).
Jamal Murray paced the Nuggets with 32 points and eight assists, but missed his three attempts by three points.
Los Angeles led each of their previous two series 3-1 before shutting down the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets at their first opportunity to advance. Meanwhile, the third-seeded Nuggets find themselves in familiar territory facing a 3-1 deficit. They also followed the Utah Jazz and LA Clippers 3-1 in their first two rounds before stunning each with three-game turnovers to move on.
After losing for the first time in the series on Tuesday, the Lakers led by 10 points in the first quarter, 12 in the second and 11 in the third before the Nuggets rallied at 87-86 on a pair of free throws from Monte Morris with 11:14 remains to go.
Denver managed to hang on to 105-102 and gained possession after a roll from Davis. However, James pressured Murray for a close-range failure and Rajon Rondo countered on the other end for a five-point lead with 2:48 remaining.
Los Angeles’ advantage was still five when James missed a jump with 1:05 to go. However, the Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope grabbed the offensive rebound and the Nuggets fouled James, whose two foul shots with 59 seconds left opened a 111-104 lead and froze the win.
Free throws from Rondo (one) and Davis (two) then secured the win and put the Lakers one win off their first NBA Finals appearance since winning the title in 2010.
Davis, the series’ top scorer, hit 10 of 15 shots and went 13 of 14 on the free throw line. The Lakers, for the second time in four games, used a wide disparity in penalty kicks to beat Denver 28-20 on the line and overcome the Nuggets’ 50.6% to 47.5% advantage in shooting range. basket.
James shot 11 for 14 on the line and joined with Davis in putting Nugget big men Nikola Jokic and Paul Millsap in trouble. James also found time for nine rebounds and eight assists.
Four other Lakers scored in double digits, with Caldwell-Pope for 13, Dwight Howard 12 to complete an 11-rebound game, Rondo 11 and Kyle Kuzma 10.
Jerami Grant of Denver finished with 17 points, Jokic 16, Michael Porter Jr 13 and eight rebounds and Morris 12.
Want to watch even more of the NBA and WNBA but don’t have Sky Sports? Get the Sky Sports Action and Arena pack, click here.