Nuggets take a commanding 3-0 lead on Lakers
The Denver Nuggets have a commanding three-to-zero lead over the Los Angeles Lakers. On Saturday night at the crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California, Canadian Jamal Murray of Kitchener, Ontario led the Nuggets with 37 points in a 119-108 win in Denver’s third game.
Five Nuggets scored in double digits. Alongside Murray, two-time NBA MVP Nikola Jokic of Sombor, Serbia, had 24 points, shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope of Thomaston, Georgia, had 17 points, while forwards Bruce Brown Jr. of Boston, Massachusetts and Michael Porter Jr. of… Columbia, Missouri also scored several points. Brown Jr. had 15 points off the bench while Porter Jr. had 14 points. In fact, Porter Jr. was the only nugget to hit a double-double as he had ten rebounds.
The Nuggets won without a double-double or triple-double for Jokic. He had eight assists and six rebounds. Jokic holds the NBA record for most postseason triple-doubles by a center in NBA history at 13.
There’s a good chance the Nuggets will win the series. Never before in NBA playoff history has a team come back from a 3-0 series deficit and win the series. Accordingly ESPNThe Lakers have never won a playoff game by a 3-0 deficit in franchise history. In this scenario, the Lakers have a record of zero wins and eight losses. It’s the most non-win defeats by a team in the NBA of all time.
Game four is Monday night. With a win, the Nuggets advance to their first NBA Finals in franchise history.
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