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FSM Recap: Lakers vs Nuggets – Round 1 – Game  – 2023

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Los Angeles Lakers (1-4)  |  Denver Nuggets (4-1)

 

It was the Lakers vs Nuggets in Denver in Game 5 of an NBA Round 1 playoff matchup on Monday night. The Lakers season came to an end after Jamal Murray drills another game-winning shot in Denver’s 108-106 win. 

 

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After the Los Angeles Lakers snapped their losing streak to the Denver Nuggets in Game 4 to stave off elimination, they looked to build off that in Game 5 back at Ball Arena.

Of course, the Lakers’ season was still on the line with them facing a 3-1 series deficit, and it came to an unfortunate end on another Jamal Murray buzzer-beater to secure a 108-106 victory for the Nuggets.

The Lakers’ superstar duo were once again the leaders who did everything. LeBron James really carried the load with 30 points, nine rebounds, 11 assists, and four steals. Anthony Davis continued his dominance early and battled through injury late, scoring 17 points with 15 rebounds and four assists.

Rui Hachimura had his best game of the series, scoring 15 points with five rebounds and an assist. Austin Reaves knocked down some big shots in the fourth quarter to finish with 19 points. D’Angelo Russell chipped in 14.

 

Lakers vs Nuggets First Quarter:

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Murray was a game-time decision due to a left calf strain but was able to give it a go and got the scoring started with the first six points for his team to give the Nuggets a 6-3 lead.

After Darvin Ham won an early challenge on an Austin Reaves foul call on a Murray 3-point attempt, the Lakers responded with eight straight points to take their first lead and force a Denver timeout.

Unfortunately, Rui Hachimura missed some wide-open looks while Jamal Murray stayed hot to put the Nuggets up 16-13.

From there, though, the Nuggets started committing some silly turnovers, with LeBron James and Anthony Davis taking advantage in the paint. However, Denver ended the first quarter on a 10-0 run, taking a 28-24 lead.

 

Lakers vs Nuggets 2nd Quarter:

 

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After a rough first quarter, D’Angelo Russell got on the scoreboard with a layup to begin the second before connecting from deep. James and Davis continued to do work inside from there, with the Lakers locking in defensively to take a 41-34 advantage with a 12-0 run of their own.

The Nuggets’ offense was clicking, and they went up five points, but Russell cut that to two with three of his own. Contrary to the last few matchups, the Lakers weren’t the ones who had control of the game with a considerable lead. Both teams were playing at the same level as one another.

The rest of the second quarter was a lot of back-and-forth scoring and bad turnovers by each team. For the fifth straight time, though, the Lakers went into the halftime locker room with a lead at 53-50.

 

Lakers vs Nuggets 3rd Quarter:

 

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Hachimura missed several wide-open shots in the first half but began the third quarter by hitting one from deep. Davis was then hit on the shoulder by Michael Porter Jr. and went down in a lot of pain, although ultimately, he was able to stay in there for his team despite clearly not being at 100%.

With Davis hobbled, other guys needed to step up, and James sensed that, scoring five straight to increase the lead to nine. However, Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets responded with five quick points to keep it close. After a four-point play by Porter, the game was tied and the Denver crowd was rocking.

Davis was forced back to the locker room, and the Nuggets kept that momentum rolling. Sensing things slipping away, though, James and the Lakers responded nicely to close the third, getting within two at 81-79.

 

Lakers vs Nuggets 4th Quarter:

 

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Given how poorly both teams played in the first three quarters, it made sense that things were close going into the final stretch, tied at 95 with four minutes to play.

Of course, it was Jokic who put the Nuggets up two in the final couple of minutes, although the Lakers quickly answered back with a Reaves 3.

The inability to get a rebound hurt the Lakers, though, and Murray made them pay with a three to go up two. James then fouled and went to the line to tie it with 26 seconds to play and did precisely that.

Again, though, Murray hit the game-winner, and the Lakers season came to an end.

 

The Los Angeles Lakers season is now over. Thank you for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news.

 

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