Jokic scored 34 points 21 rebounds 14 assists Denver NBA
Jokic scored 34 points 21 rebounds 14 assists Denver NBA West Final
The Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA), where Nikola Jokic was active in all directions, took the lead in the Western Conference final against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Denver defeated the Lakers 132-126 in the first home game of the 2022-2023 NBA Western Conference Finals (four wins out of seven) at Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado on the 17th (Korea Standard Time).
Denver, which finished first (53-29) in the regular league, beat the eighth-ranked Minnesota Timberwolves (42-40) in the first round of the playoffs and the fourth-ranked Phoenix Suns (45-37) in the second round to reach the Western finals in three seasons.
Coincidentally, the Lakers were the last team to give Denver the pain of elimination in the 2019-2020 season, which reached the Western final.
The Lakers also finished seventh in the regular league (43 wins and 49 losses) this season, passing the first and second rounds of PO after a play-in tournament, and reaching the Western final for the first time in three seasons since the 2019-2020 season.
On this day, Jokic was at the forefront of victory by writing a triple-double against LeBron James and Anthony Davis, who took the lead in dropping Denver three years ago
Jokic, who scored 34 points, 21 rebounds, and 14 assists alone, also raised the field goal success rate to 70.6%, showing flawless performance.
According to the U.S. sports media ESPN, Jokic is the only player in NBA history who scored more than 30 points in the PO and scored a triple-double, with a field goal success rate exceeding 70%.
Jermal Head, who forms a one-two punch with Jokic, also scored 31 points, helping the outside.
Denver, who caught 21 rebounds alone, overwhelmed the Lakers 51-36 in rebounds.
Denver, which had opportunities to shoot outside from various places, including the top and corner, also had a three-point success rate of 46.9%, and six double-digit scorers.
In the Lakers, Davis scored 40 points and 10 rebounds, and James also fought hard with 26 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists
Austin Reeves scored 23 points and Japanese player Rui Hachimura also supported 17 points, but failed to prevent the defeat.
The Lakers’ defeat deepened in the second half, with the gap widening to 21 points 5 minutes and 24 seconds before the end of the third quarter due to Denver’s onslaught with Jokic at the forefront.
The Lakers tried to reverse the atmosphere by bringing up a strategy in which outside strikers such as James, Reeves, and Dennis Schroeder intensively target the smallest and least defensive head among Denver’s main players.
The Lakers, who cut the gap to 14 points at the end of the quarter, chased with a free throw in the fourth quarter and followed 121-124 with Reeves’ three points that burst three minutes and 23 seconds before the end of the game 토토 메이저사이트
However, James missed three points twice from a minute before the end, and the Lakers lost their momentum as they even made a mistake of missing the ball while breaking in front of Jokic.
The second round of the two teams will be held at the same venue on the 19th