Top Ad
I DIG Radio
www.idigradio.com
Listen live to the best music from around the world!
I DIG Style
www.idigstyle.com
Learn about the latest fashion styles and more...

LeBron closes out Nuggets, puts Lakers in Finals

Written by 
Published in Breaking News
Saturday, 26 September 2020 22:21

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- LeBron James is going to a 10th NBA Finals -- and for the first time in a decade, so are the Los Angeles Lakers.

James punctuated his 27th postseason triple-double with a big fourth quarter, powering the Lakers to a 117-107 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night to win the Western Conference finals in five games.

James finished with 38 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists to become the fourth player to reach 10 NBA Finals. It took him two seasons to make it with the Lakers, after falling short of the playoffs in an injury-plagued first season following eight consecutive trips with Miami and Cleveland.

"My teammates said bring us home and it was my responsibility to try to make the right plays and do the right things on the floor to help us win ballgames," James said during a trophy presentation in a mostly empty arena at Walt Disney World Resort, instead of in front of the Lakers' fans at Staples Center.

The Lakers will face either Miami or Boston -- which meet Sunday in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals with the Heat up 3-2 -- in their 32nd NBA Finals appearance, most in league history. They haven't played for the title since beating the Celtics in 2010 for the most recent of their 16 titles.

Forward Anthony Davis added 27 points and will end his first season with Los Angeles by playing in his first NBA Finals.

"Feels good," Davis said. "It's good to get something like this accomplished with this group of guys. We battled through a lot this year, starting with the beginning of the season. We know the job's not done. It's a great feeling, but we got four more to win for the ultimate goal. While we enjoy this, we still got work to do."

Center Nikola Jokic and forward Jerami Grant each scored 20 points for the Nuggets, who had fought off elimination six times in these playoffs before the Lakers finally put them away. Jamal Murray added 19 points and eight assists, but the star guard struggled with some leg or foot pain and lacked his usual explosiveness.

The Nuggets had come back from 3-1 down in the first two rounds before finally being ousted a month after they would have departed the bubble had they lost the first time they faced elimination, in Game 5 against Utah on Aug. 25.

Denver fell far behind one more time, but James wouldn't allow another comeback.

The lead was up to 72-56 four minutes into the third with Murray hobbling, but the Nuggets -- who were down 15 in the third quarter of Game 5 against Utah and 16 at the same point of Game 5 against the Clippers -- put together a comeback fueled largely by Grant. They came all the way back to tie it at 84 on Murray's free throws, before Davis made a 3-pointer with a second to go in the frame.

James made consecutive baskets while getting fouled early in the fourth, pushing a two-point lead to 95-88. When Denver made one last push to cut it to four, James set up Danny Green for a 3-pointer for his 10th assist, then made a jumper himself to extend it to 108-99.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Read 74 times

27 comments

Leave a comment

Soccer

Argentina legend Maradona's passing will be mourned across South America

Argentina legend Maradona's passing will be mourned across South America

Games have ploughed ahead in South America in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Only one event,...

MLS Cup playoffs preview: Does home advantage matter anymore?

MLS Cup playoffs preview: Does home advantage matter anymore?

The 2020 MLS Cup playoffs are upon us. With the 18-team field whittled down to eight ahead of the co...

Sources: Liverpool UCL clash set for Dortmund

Sources: Liverpool UCL clash set for Dortmund

Liverpool could play their final Champions League group match against FC Midtjylland in Dortmund, so...

Basketball

Kaminsky agrees to one-year deal with Kings

Kaminsky agrees to one-year deal with Kings

Free-agent big man Frank Kaminsky has agreed to a one-year deal with the Sacramento Kings, his agent...

Belinelli leaves NBA for Italy after 13 seasons

Belinelli leaves NBA for Italy after 13 seasons

BOLOGNA, Italy -- Marco Belinelli is going back to Italy, announcing Thursday that he has signed a t...

Baseball

Sources: Rays OF Arozarena released in Mexico

Sources: Rays OF Arozarena released in Mexico

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena was released in Mexico's Yucatan state Thursday prior to a...

Morton 'excited' to return to Braves decade later

Morton 'excited' to return to Braves decade later

ATLANTA -- Charlie Morton is back with the team where his big league career started.Not that he has...

Sports Leagues

  • FIFA

    Fédération Internationale de Football Association
  • NBA

    National Basketball Association
  • ATP

    Association of Tennis Professionals
  • MLB

    Major League Baseball
  • ITTF

    International Table Tennis Federation

Sponsored Links

I DIG® Newspapers
www.idignewspapers.com
I Dig® Newspapers, stay up to date with the latest news from around the world.
I DIG® Casino
www.idigcasinos.com
I Dig® Casino, explore our online casino games, play a wide range of free slots and casino games at our online casino today.
I DIG® Radio
www.idigradio.com
I Dig® Radio HD is the only place in the internet where you can find free, super high bit rate internet radio stations from around the world. On I Dig® Radio HD you can find free radio stations streaming at 256kbps.

About Us

I Dig® is a leading global brand that makes it more enjoyable to surf the internet, conduct transactions and access, share, and create information.  Today I Dig® attracts millions of users every month.

 

Phone: (800) 737. 6040
Fax: (800) 825 5558
Website: www.idig.com
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Affiliated