In Denver, the Los Angeles Lakers lead at the beginning of the last quarter – and then give up the game. Going into home games, the team is now 2-0 down in the NBA playoffs.
The Denver Nuggets also won the second game in the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers, putting massive pressure on the NBA record champions. Before the two upcoming games in Los Angeles, the Nuggets scored 108-103 and are now 2-0 up in the best-of-seven series. It takes four wins to get into the NBA Finals.
The Lakers around superstar LeBron James and the German national team captain Dennis Schröder gave up a lead in the final quarter and then completely lost control of the game.
“It was about discipline and necessary adjustments,” said Nuggets pro Jamal Murray, who had just 14 points in the first three quarters and contributed 37 points in the end. He outshined Nikola Jokic, who had 23 points and a strong 17 rebounds. With the Lakers, James and Austin Reaves each had 22 points, Rui Hachimura had 21. Schröder had 4 points and 6 rebounds.
“Now only game three counts”
James continued to lose possession late in the game and also missed a dunk in the first half after losing the ball in the air. In the second half, after winning the ball well, he missed a layup. None of his three-point attempts were a hit.
Only Reaves had a decent three-way quota at Los Angeles, only 8 of the team’s 30 attempts ended up in the basket. The Nuggets, on the other hand, had 14 hits from beyond the three-point line and therefore came back into play after eleven points behind and not a single lead in the second and third quarters.
“It’s now up to us to do our job at home. Now only game three counts,” said Lakers coach Darvin Ham.
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