He beat the Denver Nuggets 117-107 and took the definition of the Western Conference. His star finished with 38 points.
Los Angeles Lakers beat Denver Nuggets 117-107 and qualified for the NBA Finals after a decade of being absent from the big basketball event. All the lights were on LeBron James, who scored 38 points and was largely responsible for his team closing the definition of the Western Conference with a resounding 4 to 1.
At 35 years old, “King” James made history in Orlando’s “bubble”: he was among the players with the most appearances in the NBA Finals. It will be his 10th league defining series (3 rings) and the first since his arrival in Los Angeles, in which he aspires to provide the championship in memory of the late Kobe Bryant.
The rival in the Finals will come out of the duel between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference (the Heat win 3 to 2).
“You have to enjoy this, only two teams advance each year to the finals. We are going to enjoy it tonight, but we have a more important objective,” James stressed after receiving the Western Conference champion trophy in front of the empty stands of the Disney World court in Orlando.
This Saturday, the Lakers dominated the game from start to finish, although they did not avoid going through trouble in the second half against Denver, a team that was trying to feed their dream of another comeback in the Playoffs after reversing the series against the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers.
It was in the third quarter that the Nuggets they attacked to continue with possibilities in the series. With just seconds left in that quarter, two hits by Jamal Murray from the free line allowed Denver to equalize the score at 84. However, a triple by Anthony Davis gave Los Angeles back the lead almost over the buzzer.
Already at the beginning of the last period, Kyle Kuzma added another long distance throw to widen the difference. But the Nuggets weren’t giving up and they were still on the prowl.
So the figure of LeBron James was enlarged. His 16 units in the last quarter buried the hopes of his rival. Only the triple was elusive. Until, with less than 2 minutes on the clock, he had his only hit in four attempts. And, with the final shot, rounded a outstanding performance.
James completed the match with a triple-double: 38 points (15-25 in field goals), 16 rebounds and 10 assists. His return also left one robbery, two losses and two personal fouls.
Anthony Davis, his accomplice in the Lakers adventure, scored 27 points. Danny Green and Alex Caruso contributed 11 points each, while Dwight Howard finished with 9 points and 9 rebounds.
Nikola Jokic and Jerami Grant were Denver’s top scorers, with 20 points. The Serbian also had 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals, while Grant had 9 rebounds. Jamal Murray had 19 points and 8 assists.
With this new consecration in the West, the Los Angeles Lakers reached the 32 conference titles in the NBA. Still, this trophy was just the scale before the biggest challenge.
“It feels good. We’ve been through a lot this year,” said Davis, who will debut in the Finals. And he remarked: “It’s a great feeling but the work is not done. “
Ten years ago, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol won the last Los Angeles ring. Now, LeBron’s Lakers will have a chance to end the drought.
His rival in the definition will leave the series that the Miami Heat dominates against the Boston Celtics by 3 to 2. This Sunday, at 20:30, the sixth game will be played and, perhaps, the adversary of LeBron and company will be known.
With information from EFE