The Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA) showed off their prowess as the No. 1 seed.
Denver scored 119 in Game 3 of the 2022-23 NBA Playoffs (PO) Western Conference Finals (4 wins from 7 matches) against the Los Angeles Lakers held at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles (LA) on the 21st at 9:30 am (Korean time). won with -108.
Denver took a 3-0 lead in the series with the win. According to Bleacher Report, in the first 149 series starts 3-0 in NBA PO history, none have been overturned. LeBron James was also down 0-3 for the first time in his career.
The protagonist of the victory was, of course, Jamal Murray. Murray bombed 30 points in the first half alone, leaving away fans in silence. He was quiet in the 3rd quarter, but added 7 points in the 4th quarter, recording a final 37 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. The main gun, Nikola Jokic, also played a stable role, recording 24 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. In addition, Jeff Green (5 points) and Bruce Brown (15 points), who came off the bench, scored 20 points and took the lead in the bench match.
Los Angeles was pushed out of the 3-point matchup. 22 of 32 3-pointers attempted missed. James, who had only zero 3-point shots in the conference finals until this day, scored 23 points and 12 assists, including 3 successes, but failed to change the win or loss. Anthony Davis did his part with 28 points and 18 rebounds in 42 minutes, but D’Angelo Russell, who started the game, only scored 3 points and lowered his head.
The first and second quarters were truly Murray’s showtime. He hit the jumper regardless of the defense. Even if Davis, the best defender in Los Angeles, blocked it, it was not enough. Murray scored 30 points in the first half alone, hitting 13 of 20 field goals. He made four 3-point shots. On the other hand, in LA, Austin Reeves and Davis scored 15 points each to maintain the balance, with LeBron helping to manage the game.
In the third quarter, Murray’s fingertips cooled somewhat. To make matters worse, even Yokichi recorded 4 fouls in the early hours, and the atmosphere was broken. LA’s defense came to life, and in the middle of the third quarter, Reeves fired a 3-point shot to tie the game. At the end of the third quarter, the score was 84-82, Denver’s two-point lead.
However,메이저사이트 ‘Top Dog’ Denver stood up again. After a long break in the third quarter, Yokichi showed off his highly sensitive field goal and scored 15 points. Murray, who scored 0 points in the 3rd quarter, added 7 points to pressure LA. Los Angeles had Rui Hachimura scoring nine points, but lacked other support. James also kept his head down, making just one of four 3-pointers. James is a bit sluggish with a 24.2% 3-point shooting success rate in the entire PO series.
Meanwhile, the 4th game between the two teams will be held at the same place on the 23rd. Attention is focusing on whether Denver can achieve a 4-0 sweep.