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The Lakers hold the Heat off, 106-93, winning the NBA championship

The Lakers hold the Heat off, 106-93, winning the NBA championship

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Tonight marks the sixth game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat in their best-of-seven playoff series.  The Heat are coming fresh off of a 111-108 win that achieved on Friday.  They will hope to stay alive and force a Game 7 tonight.

INACTIVES:

Los Angeles Lakers:

-JaVale McGee (coach’s decision)
-J.R. Smith (coach’s decision)
-Talen Horton-Tucker
-Devontae Cacok
-Dion Waiters
-Kostas Antetokounmpo

Miami Heat:

-Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision)
-Meyers Leonard (coach’s decision)
-Chris Silva
-Gabe Vincent (knee)
-KZ Okpala
-Kyle Alexander

GAMETIME:

The Los Angeles Lakers would have complete control of things in the first half as they shot 54% from the field, limiting the Miami Heat to 34% shooting.  Anthony Davis scored 15 points while recording 5 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and two blocks.  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope also had 15 points which included two three-pointers in the second period.

LeBron James contributed with 11 points while grabbing 9 rebounds, dishing out 6 assists, and committing one steal.  Alex Caruso scored four points while Danny Green had a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Rajon Rondo played the most minutes off of the bench as he had 13 points.

As for the South Beach ball club, both Jimmy Butler and Jae Crowder scored eight points each.  Duncan Robinson had two three-pointers in the first quarter as he dished out one assist.  Bam Adebayo had five points, four rebounds and three assists while Tyler Herro was stuck with just two points.  Kendrick Nunn played 10 minutes off of the bench as he had five points but it was the Lakers who went into halftime with 64-36 lead, the largest halftime lead in NBA Finals history.

The Heat attempted to make a comeback as they went on a huge 57-42 run, shooting 53%.  During that run, Adebayo scored 20 more points while missing just two shots.  He also had 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks while Herro had five points, including a three-pointer.  Crowder, Butler and Robinson scored four points each.  Kelly Olynyk played the most minutes off of the bench as he had nine points.

On the other end of the floor, James added 17 more points to his scoring total while knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  He also had 5 rebounds and 4 assists while Green chalked up eight points.  Davis had four points to go along with 10 rebounds and 2 assists.

Caldwell-Pope threw up two points while Caruso was kept scoreless.  Rondo played 16 minutes off of the bench but only had six points as the Lakers held on to defeat the Heat, 106-93, winning the NBA championship.  LeBron James finished the game with 28 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists, and one steal.  Bam Adebayo finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks.

The Heat slide by the Lakers with a 111-108 win, forcing a Game 6

The Heat slide by the Lakers with a 111-108 win, forcing a Game 6

Friday, October 9, 2020

Tonight marks the fifth game between the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers in their best-of-seven playoff series.  The Lakers are coming fresh off of a 102-96 win on Tuesday and will look to win the series and the championship tonight.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

-Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision)
-Solomon Hill (coach’s decision)
-Derrick Jones (coach’s decision)
-Meyers Leonard (coach’s decision)
-Kelly Olynyk (coach’s decision)
-Chris Silva (coach’s decision)
-Gabe Vincent (knee)
-KZ Okpala
-Kyle Alexander
-Goran Dragic (foot)

Los Angeles Lakers:

-JaVale McGee (coach’s decision)
-Quinn Cook (coach’s decision)
-Jared Dudley (coach’s decision)
-J.R. Smith (coach’s decision)
-Talen Horton-Tucker
-Devontae Cacok
-Dion Waiters
-Kostas Antetokounmpo

GAMETIME:

The game would be held close in the first half as the Los Angeles Lakers shot 56% from the field while the Miami Heat shot 47%.  Jimmy Butler got hot with 22 points which included a three-pointer in the second quarter.  He also had 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals while Duncan Robinson gave 10 points, including two three-pointers.

Tyler Herro scored eight points while drilling two three-pointers in the second period.  Bam Adebayo had five points to go along with 3 rebounds and 2 assists.  Jae Crowder scored four points.  Kendrick Nunn played the most minutes off of the bench as he had 11 points.

As for the Lakers, LeBron James dropped 21 points while knocking down 3 three-pointers in the second quarter.  He also collected 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal while Anthony Davis contributed with 13 points.  While scoring those 13 points, Davis also grabbed 7 rebounds, dished out 2 assists, committed 2 steals, and blocked one shot.

Former San Antonio Spurs’ Danny Green dropped five points which contained a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope also had five points while Dwight Howard was kept scoreless.  Kyle Kuzma played 15 minutes off of the bench but only had five points as the Heat went into halftime with a 60-56 lead.

The game was kept competitive in the second half as the Lakers scored a total of 52 points while the Heat scored 51.  Robinson chalked up 16 points, earning of them from beyond the arc.  Butler added 13 more points to his scoring total while recording 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and a block.  Adebayo, Crowder, and Herro all combined for a total of 19 points.  Nunn played 10 minutes off of the bench but only had a three-pointer.

On the other end of the floor, James stayed hot for 19 points, knocking down 3 three-pointers in the process.  He also had 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals while Davis helped out with 15 points.  Caldwell-Pope had 11 points while Green and Howard combined for just five points.  Markieff Morris played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept scoreless as the Heat held on for a 111-108 win, making the series 3-2.

Jimmy Butler finished the game with 35 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists, a playoff career-high-tying 5 steals, and one block.  LeBron James finished with 40 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Miami Heat will look to even the series up at 3-3 as they take on the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

The Lakers creep away with a 102-96 win over the Heat, taking a commanding 3-1 series lead

The Lakers creep away with a 102-96 win over the Heat, taking a commanding 3-1 series lead

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Tonight marks the fourth game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat in their best-of-seven playoff series.  After losing the first two, the Heat were able to win the last game, 115-104.  During that game, Jimmy Butler scored 40 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out 13 assists, committed 2 steals, and blocked 2 shots.  The Heat will look to tie the series up tonight.

INACTIVES:

Los Angeles Lakers:

-Jared Dudley (coach’s decision)
-J.R. Smith (coach’s decision)
-JaVale McGee (coach’s decision)
-Talen Horton-Tucker (coach’s decision)
-Devontae Cacok
-Dion Waiters
-Kostas Antetokounmpo
-Quinn Cook

Miami Heat:

-Solomon Hill (coach’s decision)
-Derrick Jones (coach’s decision)
-Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision)
-Chris Silva (coach’s decision)
-Gabe Vincent (knee)
-KZ Okpala
-Kyle Alexander
-Goran Dragic (foot)

GAMETIME:

The game would be competitive in the first half as the Miami Heat shot 42% from the field while the Los Angeles Lakers shot 45%.  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope chalked up ten points which included two three-pointers in the first quarter.  LeBron James helped out with eight points while recording 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

Former New Orleans Pelicans’ power forward Anthony Davis also had eight points to go along with 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and one block.  Danny Green was able to score eight points, as well, knocking down two three-pointers in the process.  Dwight Howard was held scoreless.  Rajon Rondo played 14 minutes off of the bench but was also kept scoreless.

As for the Miami team, Jimmy Butler scored 13 points on 71% shooting.  He also had 2 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and a block.  Bam Adebayo contributed with nine points to go along with 4 rebounds, one assist, and a steal.

Duncan Robinson also had nine points, including a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Wisconsin-native Tyler Herro scored seven points while Jae Crowder went scoreless.  Kendrick Nunn played the most minutes off of the bench but only had six points as the Lakers went into halftime with a 49-47 lead.

The game was still neck-and-neck in the second half as both teams shot 42% from the field.  James added 20 more points to his scoring total which contained two three-pointers in the third period.  He also had 9 rebounds and 4 assists while Davis helped out with 14 points.  Caldwell-Pope had five points while Danny Green was kept to just two.  Markieff Morris played 18 minutes off of the bench but only had six points.

On the other end of the floor, Herro dropped 14 more points which included 3 three-pointers in the fourth quarter.  Butler had nine points while both Robinson Crowder scored eight each.  Nunn played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept scoreless as the Lakers crept away with a 102-96 win, taking a 3-1 series lead.  LeBron James finished the game with 28 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists, and one steal.  Jimmy Butler settled for 22 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals, and a block.

So…what’s next?

The Los Angeles Lakers will look to win the series and capture their 17th championship as they take on the Miami Heat on Friday at 9:00 p.m.

The Heat take charge as they hand the Lakers a 115-104 loss, making the series 2-1

The Heat take charge as they hand the Lakers a 115-104 loss, making the series 2-1

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Tonight marks the third game between the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers in their best-of-seven playoff series.  The Lakers will look to take a 3-0 series lead as they come fresh off of a 124-114 win on Friday, a game where LeBron James and Anthony Davis combined for 65 points.

INACTIVES:

Los Angeles Lakers:

-JaVale McGee (coach’s decision)
-Talen Horton-Tucker (coach’s decision)
-Devontae Cacok
-Dion Waiters
-Kostas Antetokounmpo
-Quinn Cook

Miami Heat:

-Bam Adebayo (neck)
-Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision)
-Chris Silva (coach’s decision)
-Gabe Vincent (knee)
-KZ Okpala
-Kyle Alexander
-Goran Dragic (foot)

GAMETIME:

The game would be held closely in the first half as the Los Angeles Lakers shot 47% from the field while the Miami Heat shot 48%.  LeBron James scored 16 points which included a three-pointer in the second quarter.  He also had six rebounds, six assists, and two blocks while Anthony Davis was held to just a rare five points.

Five-time All-Defensive player Dwight Howard contributed with four points while grabbing one rebound and committing one steal.  Danny Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope were both held scoreless.  Green, however, was able to record two defensive rebounds while Caldwell-Pope had three defensive rebounds.  Alex Caruso played 15 minutes off of the bench but only had seven points.

On the other end of the floor, Jimmy Butler got hot for 19 points while grabbing six rebounds, dishing out six assists, and committing two steals.  Jae Crowder helped out with ten points which contained two three-pointers.  He also had three rebounds while Duncan Robinson and Meyers Leonard combined for 12 points.

Tyler Herro only had four points, earning two of them from the free-throw line.  Chicago-native Kendrick Nunn played the most minutes off of the bench but only had four points as the South Beach ball club went into halftime with a 58-54 lead.

The Heat would run away with things in the second half as they went on a 57-50 run, shooting 54% while the Lakers shot 39%.  During that run, Butler stayed hot with 21 points while recording 5 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 blocks.  Herro chalked up 13 points while knocking down two three-pointers in the process.

Duncan Robinson was able to knock down two three-pointers while grabbing three rebounds and committing one steal.  Both Jae Crowder and Meyers Leonard were limited to just two points each.  Kelly Olynyk played the most minutes off of the bench as he had 13 points.

As for the California team, Davis added 10 more points to his scoring total while recording 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.  James had nine points to go along with 4 rebounds and 2 assists.  Caldwell-Pope and Green combined for seven points while Howard was kept scoreless.  Rondo played 14 minutes off of the bench but only had four points while the Heat held on to win, 115-104, making the series 2-1.

Jimmy Butler finished the game with a playoff career-high 40 points, as well as 11 rebounds, a playoff career-high 13 assists, 2 steals, and a playoff career-high-tying 2 blocks.  LeBron James finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Miami Heat will look to tie the series up at 2-2 as they battle the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m.

The Lakers take a 2-0 series lead as they defeat the Heat, 124-114

The Lakers take a 2-0 series lead as they defeat the Heat, 124-114

Friday, October 2, 2020

 

Tonight marks the second game between the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers in their best-of-seven playoff series.  The Lakers won the last game as they handed the Heat a 116-98 loss.  The Heat will look to tie the series up at 1-1 tonight.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

-Bam Adebayo (neck)
-Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision)
-Chris Silva (coach’s decision)
-Gabe Vincent (knee)
-KZ Okpala
-Kyle Alexander
-Goran Dragic (foot)

Los Angeles Lakers:

-JaVale McGee (coach’s decision)
-Jared Dudley (coach’s decision)
-Talen Horton-Tucker (coach’s decision)
-Devontae Cacok
-Dion Waiters
-Kostas Antetokounmpo
-Quinn Cook

GAMETIME:

The Los Angeles Lakers will have control of things in the first half as they shot 55% from the field, keeping the Miami Heat at 44% shooting.  Anthony Davis chalked up 15 points while missing just one shot.  He also had 4 rebounds and one assist while LeBron James had 12 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and a block.  He also had two three-pointers. 

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Dwight Howard both had six points each while Danny Green had a three-pointer.  Former Boston Celtics’ Rajon Rondo played 13 minutes off of the bench as he had nine points.

As for the Florida ball club, Texas-native Jimmy Butler chalked up 11 points on 28% shooting.  He also managed to record 5 rebounds, 8 assists, and a steal while both Jae Crowder and Tyler Herro scored nine points each. 

Duncan Robinson logged in six points, one assist, and a steal while Meyers Leonard had a trey in the first period.  Kelly Olynyk played the most minutes off of the bench as he had seven points but it was the Lakers who went into halftime with a 68-54 lead.

The Heat would attempt a comeback in the second half as they went on a 60-56 run. During that run, Butler threw up 14 points while grabbing 3 rebounds and dishing out 5 assists. Herro helped out with eight points while Leonard and Crowder combined for seven points. Robinson was kept to just a three-pointer in the third period. Olynyk played the most minutes off of the bench as he had 17 points.

On the other end of the floor, James got hot for 21 points while recording 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal. He also had a three-pointer while Davis contributed with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and one steal. Caldwell-Pope had five points while both Howard and Green were kept scoreless. Alex Caruso played 12 minutes off of the bench only to go scoreless but the Lakers were still able to hold on for a 124-114 win, taking a 2-0 lead in the series.

LeBron James finished the game with 33 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists, one steal and a block. Jimmy Butler finished with 25 points, 8 rebounds, a playoff career-high 13 assists, and a steal.

So…what’s next?

The Lakers will look to take a commanding 3-0 series lead as they battle the Heat on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

The Lakers hold the Heat off, 116-98, taking a 1-0 lead in the NBA Finals

The Lakers hold the Heat off, 116-98, taking a 1-0 lead in the NBA Finals

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Tonight marks the first game between the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers in their best-of-seven NBA Finals series.  This will also mark the first time ever that these two franchises meet in the NBA Finals.  During this regular season, the Lakers defeated the Heat in both of their matchups.

INACTIVES:

Miami Heat:

-Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision)
-Meyers Leonard (coach’s decision)
-Gabe Vincent (knee)
-KZ Okpala
-Kyle Alexander
-Chris Silva (pubic)

Los Angeles Lakers:

-JaVale McGee (coach’s decision)
-Talen Horton-Tucker
-Devontae Cacok
-Dion Waiters
-Kostas Antetokounmpo

GAMETIME:

The Los Angeles Lakers would have control of things in the first half as they shot 56% from the field, keeping the Miami Heat at 42%.  Anthony Davis got hot for 18 points which included two three-pointers.  He also had four rebounds, three assists, and two blocks while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope helped out with 10 points.

LeBron James chalked up nine points which contained a three-pointer in the first quarter.  He also had six rebounds, seven assists, and one steal while Danny Green scored eight points.  Dwight Howard was held scoreless.  Kyle Kuzma played the most minutes off of the bench but only had a three-pointer.

On the other end of the court, Jimmy Butler scored 16 points, knocking down two three-pointers in the process.  Jae Crowder contributed with nine points, earning all of them from beyond the arc.  Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic combined for 13 points while Duncan Robinson went scoreless.  Tyler Herro played 17 minutes off of the bench but only had eight points as the Lakers went into halftime with a 65-48 lead.

The South Beach ball club attempted to make a comeback in the second half as they shot 43% from the field, limiting the Lakers to just 35% shooting.  Jimmy Butler scored seven points while grabbing two rebounds and one dishing off one assist in the process.  Crowder was kept to a three-pointer while Adebayo had a free-throw.  Robinson was still scoreless.  Kendrick Nunn played the most minutes off of the bench as he got hot for 18 points.

As for the California team, both James and Davis scored 16 points each.  James also had 7 rebounds and 2 assists while Davis had five rebounds, two assists, and a block.  Both Green and Caldwell-Pope had three points each while Howard was kept to two.

Rajon Rondo played 12 minutes off of the bench just to be held scoreless but the Lakers went still able to hold on for a 116-98 win, taking a 1-0 lead in the series.  Anthony Davis finished the game with 34 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 blocks.  Jimmy Butler had 23 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Heat will look to tie the series up at 1-1 as they battle the Lakers on Friday at 9:00 p.m.

The Lakers hand the Nuggets a 117-107 loss, advancing to the NBA Finals

The Lakers hand the Nuggets a 117-107 loss, advancing to the NBA Finals

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Tonight marks the fifth game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets in their best-of-seven playoff series.  The Lakers won the previous matchup as they handed the Nuggets a 114-108 loss.  During that game, Anthony Davis scored 34 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished out 3 assists, and committed 3 steals.  The Lakers will look to win the series and advance to the NBA Finals tonight.

INACTIVES:

Denver Nuggets:

-Keita Bates-Diop (coach’s decision)
-Bol Bol (coach’s decision)
-Troy Daniels (coach’s decision)
-Noah Vonleh
-Vlatko Cancar (foot)
-Tyler Cook
-Will Barton (knee)

Los Angeles Lakers:

-Quinn Cook (coach’s decision)
-Jared Dudley (coach’s decision)
-J.R. Smith (coach’s decision)
-Devontae Cacok
-Kostas Antetokounmpo
-Dion Waiters (groin)
-Talen Horton-Tucker

GAMETIME:

The Los Angeles Lakers will have control of things in the first half as they shot 57% from the field, limiting the Denver Nuggets to 42%.  LeBron James got hot with 16 points while recording 7 rebounds and 6 assists.  Anthony Davis had just nine points but managed to give out two assists while committing two steals.

Former Washington Wizards’ center Dwight Howard contributed with six points on a perfect 100% shooting.  He also had five rebounds while Danny Green had five points.  Georgia-native Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was kept scoreless but managed to record one rebound and one assist.  Alex Caruso played the most minutes off of the bench as he had 11 points.

On the other end of the floor, Nikola Jokic chalked up nine points which included a three-point shot in the first period.  He also had one rebound, one assist, and a steal while Jamal Murray gave eight points on 37% shooting.

Jerami Grant had four points to go along with four rebounds and one assist while Gary Harris had a three-pointer.  Harris also recorded two defensive rebounds while Paul Millsap had two points, which all came from the charity stripe.  Former Brooklyn Nets Mason Plumlee played 15 minutes off of the bench but only had seven points as the Lakers went into halftime with a 61 to 51 advantage.

Although the Nuggets started to claw back in the second half, the Lakers still had control as they shot 51% from the field.  James stayed hot as he dropped 22 more points which contained a three-pointer in the last quarter.  He also had nine rebounds, four assists and a steal while Davis contributed with 18 points on 50% shooting.

Danny Green was able to knock down two three-pointers while Dwight Howard had three points, four rebounds, and two blocks.  Caldwell-Pope was kept to just two points.  Caruso played 12 minutes off of the bench but was held scoreless.

As for the Denver ball club, Grant chalked up 16 points which included two three-pointers in the third period.  He also had five rebounds, one steal, and a block.  Murray, Jokic, and Millsap all had eleven points each while Harris was kept scoreless.  Monte Morris played the most minutes off of the bench but only had four points as the Lakers held on to beat the Nuggets, 117-107, advancing to the NBA Finals.

LeBron James finished the game with 38 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists and one steal.  Jerami Grant settled for 20 points, a playoff career-high-tying 9 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and a block.

The Lakers take a 3-1 series lead as they hand the Nuggets a 114-108 loss

The Lakers take a 3-1 series lead as they hand the Nuggets a 114-108 loss

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Tonight marks the fourth game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets in their best-of-seven playoff series.  The Nuggets won the last game they played as Jamal Murray had 28 points, 8 rebounds, 12 assists, and 2 steals.  They will hope to tie the series up at 2-2 tonight.

INACTIVES:

Los Angeles Lakers:

-Quinn Cook (coach’s decision)
-Jared Dudley (coach’s decision)
-J.R. Smith (coach’s decision)
-Devontae Cacok
-Kostas Antetokounmpo
-Dion Waiters (groin)
-Talen Horton-Tucker

Denver Nuggets:

-Keita Bates-Diop (coach’s decision)
-Bol Bol (coach’s decision)
-Troy Daniels (coach’s decision)
-Noah Vonleh
-Vlatko Cancar (foot)
-Tyler Cook
-Will Barton (knee)

GAMETIME:

The game would be held close in the first half as the Los Angeles Lakers shot 46% from the field while the Denver Nuggets shot 59%.  Former New Orleans Pelicans’ star Anthony Davis got hot for 19 points while missing just three shots.  He also had three steals while LeBron James helped out with 14 points to go along with four defensive rebounds and five assists.

Three-time Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard chalked up 11 points while grabbing 10 rebounds, dishing out one assist, and committing a steal.  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was held to just a three-pointer in the first period while Danny Green was kept scoreless.  Kyle Kuzma played 11 minutes off of the bench as he had ten points.

On the other end of the floor, Jamal Murray recorded 16 points on 77% shooting.  Both Jerami Grant and Nikola Jokic scored ten points which included a three-pointer from Grant and two from Jokic.  Indiana-native Gary Harris had a three-pointer in the first quarter while Paul Millsap went scoreless.  Monte Morris played the most minutes off of the bench but only had four points as the Lakers went into halftime with a 60-55 lead.

The game continued to be competitive in the second half as the Lakers shot 48% from the field while the Nuggets shot 42%.  Davis added 15 more points to his scoring total which included a three-pointer in the third quarter.  James had 12 points to go along with five rebounds and three assists.  Caldwell-Pope and Green scored a combined 13 points while Howard was kept to just a free-throw.  Rajon Rondo played the most minutes off of the bench as he had 11 points.

As for the Colorado ball club, Murray scored 16 points while Grant had seven.  Jokic and Millsap combined for 11 points while Harris went scoreless.  Morris played 16 minutes off of the bench but only had eight points as the Lakers came away with a 114-108 win, taking a 3-1 series lead.  Anthony Davis finished the game with 34 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals.  Jamal Murray finished with 32 points, 3 rebounds, 8 assists, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Lakers will look to win the series and advance to the NBA Finals as they battle the Denver Nuggets on Saturday at 9:00 p.m.

The Lakers hand the Nuggets a 126-114 loss, taking a 1-0 series lead

The Lakers hand the Nuggets a 126-114 loss, taking a 1-0 series lead

Friday, September 18, 2020

Tonight marks the first game between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers in their best-of-seven playoff series.  The last time that these two franchises met up in the postseason was during the 2012 Playoffs as the Ty Lawson-led Nuggets lost to the Kobe Bryant-led Lakers in the first round, 4-3.  During this season, the Nuggets only defeated the Lakers once in their four matchups.

INACTIVES:

Denver Nuggets:

-Keita Bates-Diop (coach’s decision)
-Noah Vonleh
-Vlatko Cancar (foot)
-Tyler Cook
-Will Barton (knee)

Los Angeles Lakers:

-Devontae Cacok
-Kostas Antetokounmpo
-Dion Waiters (groin)
-Talen Horton-Tucker

GAMETIME:

The game would be held close in the first half as the Denver Nuggets shot 50% from the field while the Los Angeles Lakers shot 51%.  Jamal Murray scored 15 points which included a three-pointer in the first period.  Nikola Jokic had 11 points to go along with five rebounds, two assists, and one block.

Oregon-native Jerami Grant had seven points which included a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Paul Millsap helped out with five points while grabbing four defensive rebounds and committing a steal.  Gary Harris was kept to just a three-pointer.  Michael Porter Jr. played 12 minutes off of the bench but only had two points.

As for the Lakers, Anthony Davis chalked up 17 points while recording five rebounds and two assists.  Three-time NBA champion LeBron James had 15 points to go along with four rebounds and five assists.  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Danny Green combined for 14 points while JaVale McGee was kept scoreless.  Alex Caruso played the most minutes off of the bench but only had five points as the Lakers went into halftime with a 70-59 lead.

The California team would continue to show dominance in the second half as they shot 55% from the field, keeping the Nuggets at 48%.  Davis stayed hot as he dropped 20 more points which contained a three-pointer in the third quarter.  Caldwell-Pope helped out with nine points while blocking a shot.  Danny Green had a three-pointer while both James and McGee were held scoreless.  Rajon Rondo played 11 minutes off of the bench as he had seven points.

On the other end of the floor, Jokic put up 10 points while Murray and Grant combined for eight points.  Porter Jr. played the most minutes off of the bench as he scored 12 points but it wasn’t enough as the Lakers escaped with a 126-114 victory, taking a 1-0 lead in the series.  Anthony Davis finished the game with 37 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists.  Jamal Murray finished with 21 points, one rebound, and 5 assists.

So…what’s next?

The Denver Nuggets would look to tie the series up at 1-1 as they battle the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

The Nuggets defeat the Clippers, 104-89, advancing to the Western Conference Finals

The Nuggets defeat the Clippers, 104-89, advancing to the Western Conference Finals

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Tonight marks the seventh and final game between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Clippers in their best-of-seven playoff series.  The Nuggets defeated the Clippers last game as Nikola Jokic had 34 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assists, one steal, and one block.  The Nuggets will look to win this game and advance to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2009.

INACTIVES:

Denver Nuggets:

-Bol Bol (coach’s decision)
-Will Barton (knee)
-Tyler Cook
-Noah Vonleh
-Vlatko Cancar (foot)

Los Angeles Clippers:

-Patrick Patterson (coach’s decision)
-Joakim Noah
-Amir Coffey

GAMETIME:

The game would be held close in the first half as the Denver Nuggets shot 50% from the field while the Los Angeles Clippers shot 46%. Kawhi Leonard scored 12 points which included two three-pointers in the second quarter. He also had two rebounds, three assists, and one steal while both Marcus Morris and Paul George had seven points each.

Three-time All-Defensive player Patrick Beverley contributed with six points to go along with two rebounds, six assists, and one steal. Ivica Zubac would be held scoreless but managed to grab one offensive rebound. Montrezl Harrell played the most minutes off of the bench as he had 12 points.

As for the Colorado team, Jamal Murray got hot for 25 points which contained 3 three-pointers. Nikola Jokic recorded 10 points to go along with ten rebounds, five assists, and one block. Gary Harris and Jerami Grant scored a combined 11 points while Paul Millsap was kept scoreless. Torrey Craig played 10 minutes off of the bench but only had four points as the Clippers went into halftime with a tight 56-54 lead.

The Nuggets would come back to run away with things in the second half as they sparked up a huge 50 to 33 run, shooting 48%. During that run, Murray added 15 more points to his scoring total which included 3 three-pointers. Grant contributed with ten points while knocking down two three-pointers in the third quarter.

Gary Harris was able to score seven points to go along with three rebounds, one assist, one steal, and a block. Jokic had just six points but was able to grab 12 rebounds, dish out eight assists, commit two steals, and block two shots. Torrey Craig played eight minutes off of the bench but only had two points.

On the other end of the court, George and Leonard were limited to just five points combined while Beverley had five points. JaMychal Green played the most minutes off of the bench as he had eight points but it was the Nuggets who hung on to grab a 104-89 victory, advancing to the Western Conference Finals. Jamal Murray finished the game with 40 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal. Montrezl Harrell finished with 20 points and three rebounds.