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Denver Nuggets Complete Historic Sweep of Los Angeles Lakers, Advance to NBA Finals

Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder (17) in the first half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Final series Monday, May 22, 2023, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

The Denver Nuggets achieved a remarkable feat as they rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit to secure a thrilling 113-111 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night. With this win, the Nuggets accomplished a four-game sweep of the Lakers, marking a significant milestone in the franchise’s 47-year history by advancing to the NBA Finals for the very first time.

Center Nikola Jokic showcased his exceptional skills on the court, delivering an outstanding performance with 30 points, 14 rebounds, and 13 assists at Arena in Los Angeles. This impressive triple-double marked Jokic’s eighth of the postseason, setting a new record for the most triple-doubles in a single playoff run, surpassing the legendary Wilt Chamberlain.

In a nail-biting finish, Jokic’s clutch go-ahead basket with less than a minute remaining in the game put the Nuggets ahead with a score of 113-111. The Nuggets’ defense proved crucial as they successfully prevented Lakers superstar LeBron James from tying the score on two occasions. Notably, Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon’s timely block on James’s layup attempt as time expired sealed the victory for Denver in the final possession of the game.

Despite an impressive first-quarter performance by James, who scored 21 points, the Lakers fell short in their efforts. James finished the game with an impressive stat line of 40 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists, but it wasn’t enough to secure a win for his team.

With this triumph, the top-seeded Denver Nuggets from the Western Conference will now eagerly await the conclusion of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics. The Miami Heat currently hold a commanding 3-1 lead in the series and have an opportunity to close out the Celtics on Thursday night in Boston.

Prior to this historic victory, the Denver Nuggets had previously reached the conference finals on five occasions (in 1978, 1985, 2009, and 2020), but unfortunately, they had fallen short each time, losing all four encounters against the Lakers.

As the Nuggets make their long-awaited appearance in the NBA Finals, basketball fans worldwide eagerly anticipate an exciting clash between the Western Conference champions and the eventual Eastern Conference victors, which will determine the NBA’s ultimate champion for the season.

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