The Lakers avoid elimination against the Nuggets with 30 points from LeBron James

The Lakers avoid elimination against the Nuggets with 30 points from LeBron James

Los Angeleso- LeBron James scored 30 points, Anthony Davis added 25 points and 23 rebounds and the Los Angeles Lakers avoided being eliminated from the postseason with a 119-108 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday in game four of their first-round series. .

D’Angelo Russell and Austin Reaves each had 21 points for the seventh-seeded Lakers, who ended an 11-game losing streak against the defending NBA champions. This is Los Angeles’ first victory against Denver since December 2022.

Nuggets swept the Lakers in the last Western Conference finals, but this time the Angelenos responded to being down 0-3 in the series with a performance more worthy of a team that reached the playoffs with 12 wins in 15 games. James had 14 points in the fourth quarter, hitting six of eight shots from the field and charged again at the end with the Lakers in his twenty-first season in the league.

Nikola Jokic had 33 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists for the 18th triple-double in the two-time MVP’s career and for the second time in the series.

Game five is Monday in Denver.

After blowing a double-digit lead in the first three games of the series, Los Angeles again took a good lead early in the second half of game four, but never trailed despite a surprise comeback attempt near the end. .

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