In Game 1 of the Western Finals NBA, The Los angeles lakers did not take notice of Denver Nuggets, won 126 to 114 and took the lead in the series. Anthony Davis, with 37 points and 10 rebounds, was the big name of the match.
After a first quarter marked by the ‘striking’ between the two teams, which totaled 74 points, the highest mark of these playoffs in an initial period, the LA team was sovereign.
Marked by their great upsets in this playoff, the Denver team was brave and remained competitive even playing well below expectations. But the partials of the 2nd (34 to 21) and 3rd (33 to 20) fourth were enough to open 23 points of advantage and leave the victory well underway.
Game 2 of the series takes place on Sunday at 8:30 pm Brasília
In the experiment account
Although the Nuggets are far from an inspired night, the Lakers have great merits for undermining rivals.
Abusing the physical game in the bottle and digging many fouls, the Californian team showed a lot of maturity and knowledge of what the playoffs are. Although Anthony Davis offensively led the team and LeBron James was the ‘general’, Dwight Howard showed his worth.
The veteran pivot made Nikola Jokic’s night miserable. Curling up with the Denver star in the car, he left the Serb on fouls since the 2nd quarter. Upon returning from the break, Dwight forced the 4th offense of the ‘Joker’, which became much less effective for fear of making more fouls, which made life easier for LA.
This further destabilized the rest of the Nuggets, which had blackouts and thus lost the hand of the game.
On the other hand, in the attack, the Lakers also knew how to use their heads and only had 32 points before the break.
LeBron continues to increase its legacy
Already immortalized as one of the greatest players in NBA history, LeBron continues to climb the record lists, and so it was again.
As soon as he entered the court, he marked his 250th playoff game in his career, the 3rd highest mark of all time. In front of him are just Tim Duncan (251) and Derek Fisher (259).
‘Daddy’ still got his double-double number 120 in knockout games. With that, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar passed and isolated himself in the 7th position of the list. The next to be overcome by LeBron is Karl Malone, who has 124.
Anthony Davis: 37 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists
LeBron James: 15 points, 12 assists, 6 rebounds
Dwight Howard: 13 points, 3 rebounds, 3 blocks
Jamal Murray: 21 points, 5 assists
Nikola Jokic: 21 points, 6 rebounds
Michael Porter Jr: 14 points, 10 rebounds