Denver Nuggets beat Los Angeles Lakers in game 1 of the NBA Playoff Series

NEW DELHI: Nikola Jokic led the charge for the Denver Nuggets as they opened the defense of their NBA title with a convincing 114-103 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1 of their first-round series. Jokic had an impressive performance with 32 points and 12 rebounds, showing his dominance in the paint.

Jamal Murray provided valuable support with 22 points and 10 assists, showcasing his playmaking ability and offensive firepower. Michael Porter Jr. contributed 19 points, while Aaron Gordon recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, adding to the Nuggets’ balanced scoring attack.

Despite strong performances from Anthony Davis, who recorded 32 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots, and LeBron James, who finished with 27 points, the Lakers could not overcome the Nuggets’ relentless effort. James struggled in the fourth quarter, scoring just four points and failing to make a significant impact.

The turning point came in the third quarter when the Nuggets seized control of the game. A crucial 13-0 run, fueled by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s 12 points, including three 3-pointers, propelled Denver to a commanding 89-78 lead heading into the final period.

With Jokic leading, the Nuggets continued to extend their lead in the fourth quarter, taking advantage of their defensive stops and converting key baskets. Murray’s driving layup and timely three-pointer pushed the lead to 96-81, and despite a late surge from the Lakers, Denver kept its composure and sealed the victory.

The Lakers will look to bounce back in Game 2 on Monday night in Denver, hoping to make adjustments and even improve the series. However, the Nuggets’ depth and resilience make them a formidable opponent, and they will look to build on their strong start as they pursue another deep playoff run.

(Input from Reuters)