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 halftimeā€¯, 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.