By winning the first leg of the conference finals, Denver of the National Basketball Association (NBA) successfully laid the stepping stone to the first NBA Finals since its founding.
On the 17th,안전놀이터 Denver won 132-126 in the home game of the 2022-2023 season NBA Western Conference playoffs (PO, 4 wins from 7 matches) final against the Los Angeles Lakers, winning 132-126 and taking the lead. With this victory, Denver won seven consecutive home games in the playoffs this season. Denver passed the series with 4-1 in the first round of PO and 4-2 in the second round, but never lost at home. Denver’s overall win rate in 82 regular league games is 64.6% (53-29), but its home win rate is 82.9% (34-7). This is why Denver’s home stadium Ball Arena, which is located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, is called the ‘visiting team graveyard’.
Denver beat the Lakers with the triple-double of ‘Serbian Express’ Nikola Jokic. Despite being a 211 cm center, Jokic, who is called the ‘point center’ because of his excellent assist ability, recorded 34 points, 21 rebounds and 14 assists that day. From the 3rd game of the 2nd round of PO against Phoenix, he continued his double-digit help in 5 consecutive games. Yokichi recorded a field goal success rate of 70.6%, including hitting all three 3-pointers at the rim. Among the players who achieved a triple double while scoring 30 points or more in PO, Yokichi is the first player to exceed 70% field goal success rate. Denver contributed to the victory by scoring 31 points, including 4 3-pointers, including 4 3-pointers, with Yokichi forming a “one-two punch”.
Anthony Davies struggled with 40 points and 10 rebounds for Team Lakers, who won the most NBA championships (17 times), but could not prevent defeat. The Lakers were heavily outnumbered by 30-47 in rebounding. The second game between the two teams will be held at the same place on the 19th.