The Los Angeles Lakers suffered a defeat at the hands of the Denver Nuggets which kept the season alive for a few more weeks after it was deemed to be over. The Nuggets won against the Lakers on Monday, allowing them to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. Meanwhile, the Miami Heat leads the Eastern Conference Finals with a 3-0 record against the Boston Celtics.
Nikola Jokic, the center for the Nuggets, was given the Western Conference Finals Most Valuable Player award and expressed his happiness with his team’s victory. The Nuggets had not made it to the NBA Finals in 47 seasons, and their perseverance paid off, despite losing star guard Jamal Murray to a torn ACL in his left knee in April 2021.
Despite the Lakers’ past victories, the Nuggets remained confident and continued their dominance throughout the season. The Lakers suffered roster issues and star players, LeBron James and Anthony Davis, were plagued with injuries. However, James still managed to lead his team with 40 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists, while the Nuggets dominated throughout the game.
Denver’s approach to the game proved distinctive, with their respectful and united attitude portraying a strong and powerful team. For instance, leading up to Game 3 win, Jokic expressed worry that LeBron James could do anything, and his comments highlighted the respect the Nuggets had for the Lakers.
Overall, the Nuggets capped off a historic run that culminated in their successful advancement to the NBA Finals for the first time in their history.