The Los Angeles Lakers progressed to a win of their first NBA final in a decade with a thrilling 114-108 win over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.
LA heavyweights Anthony Davis and LeBron James teamed up to contribute 60 points – 34 and 26 respectively – to help lead the Lakers 3-1 in the final seven-game Western Conference series.
Davis helped the Lakers jump out the gates with his first few shots as James made a significant impact on the defensive, repeatedly nullifying Denver’s big Jamal Murray threat and forcing him to some late mistakes as the Nuggets tried to rally.
LA led 87-84 in the final break, before keeping up with a 27-24 in the final quarter.
James had nine rebounds and eight assists, Dwight Howard had 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Rajon Rondo had 11 points and seven assists.
Murray had 32 points and eight assists for Denver, while Jerami Grant took 17 points and Nikola Jokic 16.
The Nuggets have already made history this post-season by returning twice from a 3-1 deficit.
On Saturday they will have the chance to start another similar recovery in the fifth game.