Nuggets Cruise to 3-0 Lead over Lakers in Western Conference Finals, Led by Murray and Jokic
In a thrilling game, the Denver Nuggets took a huge 3-0 series lead over the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals. The Nuggets were led by remarkable performances from Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic, who scored a combined 61 points. "Murray scored 17 points in a dynamic first quarter following his 23-point fourth quarter two nights ago, and he had 30 points by halftime”, wrote ESPN. In response, the Lakers responded with Anthony Davis' 18 rebounds and 28 points, along with LeBron James' 23 points, 12 assists and 7 rebounds. Yet it was Austin Reaves who made a strong surge in the second quarter with 15 points, 3 assists and 3 rebounds. Bruce Brown made a huge 3-pointer down the stretch for the Nuggets to give them some breathing room, and Jokic iced it with a 3-pointer shortly afterwards. Despite a valiant effort, the Lakers have now lost three straight for the first time since February and trail the Nuggets 0-3 in the series. Game 4 is set to take place on Monday night in Los Angeles.