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LA Lakers vs Denver Nuggets – Game 4 of Western Conference Finals

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“Superman is in the building!” , the quote made famous in the 2012 All-Star game for the power dunker Dwight Howard, inspired the AD-LBJ led LA Lakers to a 114 – 108 win over the Denver Nuggets in today’s NBA match of the night.

Quarter Analysis:

1st Quarter- Coach Frank Vogel had made the call to start Dwight in place of Javale McGee to go up against the Joker, looking to utilize his physicality and athleticism against the play-making Slovenian center. The move worked out quite well as Howard recorded 8 points and 10 boards in the first half and kept the Joker limited in terms of scoring and making him facilitate the ball more. Anthony Davis started the match in red hot form, making all 6 of his field goals in the first quarter with 14 points, and was being matched at the other end by Jamal Murray’s continued playoff scoring outburst by scoring 12 points on 6/7 shooting.

2nd Quarter- The second quarter saw the supplementary stars in Kyle Kuzma and Michael Porter Jr. converting the shots they were getting off of their facilitators in LeBron James and Jokic respectively, with LA shooting 54% and Denver shooting 64% from the field late in the 2nd quarter. Denver made a late run to close the half at 65-60 after they were trailing in double digits, due to Lakers missing 8/9 of their field goal attempts.

3rd Quarter- With the Nugget’s big man still finding a groove in the scoring department, the 3rd quarter saw Denver’s talisman in Murray takeover. Making contested, turn-around jump shots, shooting with the off hand, he led a late 11-4 run in the 3rd quarter to end it 87-84 in Lakers advantage. Michael Porter Jr. made a flurry of 3s in that run which closed out Lakers double digit lead; which came mainly due to playoff Rondo facilitating his team’s offense with Davis and James leading the scoring end for their teams.

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4th Quarter- If you watched the game then it would have been extremely difficult to take your eyes off of Jamal Murray. The man is a superstar in the making, and what better way to ascend than in the WCF against the Lakers. The Lakers are aware of this threat and Lebron James took up the defensive assignment in the last 5 mins of the game, where he clamped down on Murray leading to 2 turnovers, and also resulted in his team shutting down Denver’s offense leaving them scoreless in the last 3:28 minutes of the 4th quarter which saw the Lakers take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series.

Key Stats of the night: 

Denver’s win in Game 3 was mainly due to their outrebounding of the Lakers, and the Lakers rectified on their mistake this game and outrebounded them 51-39. Howard’s contribution can be noted in the Offensive board’s dept. where he added 6 on his own to Denver’s total of 6 ORB (offensive rebounds). The key Stat for this game is second-chance points, where Lakers outscored Denver 20-4. Anthony Davis and James were efficient from the free-throw line, shooting 13-14 and 11-14 respectively. Denver’s big men of Jokic, Millsap and game 3 hero Jeremy Grant were in early foul trouble throughout the game, which limited their impact on the game on the defensive end.

Looking Ahead:

The Denver Nuggets are in a very familiar spot as they’ve been down 3-1 in their previous 2 series on their road to their franchise’s first-ever NBA Finals. The only challenge they face is that Lebron James has never lost a series where his team is up 3-1 or 3-0 and it’ll take a dominant game from Denver’s duo in Game 5 on Saturday if they hope to keep their chances alive in this series. Personally, I see the Lakers closed out the Nuggets in game 5 to advance to the NBA Finals where they will face the winner of the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics series ( Miami leads 3-1).

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