remained the leader of the Los Angeles Lakers attack and with 34 points led them this Thursday to a 114-108 victory over the Denver Nuggets, in the fourth game of the Western Conference finals, which now dominate 3-1 best of seven.
The Lakers will have on Saturday, when they play Game 5, the opportunity to get the victory they need to be in the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010.
While the Nuggets will meet again, for the third time in the playoffs so far, with a 1-3 deficit in a series, after they achieved the comeback in the previous two against the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers, respectively.
The Denver team will face elimination for the seventh time in the Orlando bubble.
If Davis stayed ahead of the Lakers' attack,
also did his job by falling on the doorstep of a triple-double by scoring 26 points, grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out eight assists.
Four other Lakers players had double-digit numbers, including veteran center
, who started as the starter and finished as the leader in in-paint actions with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
In addition, his presence as a starter generated problems for
, who committed several personal issues that conditioned his game on the field.
The Lakers' dominance with offensive rebounds - they had 12 - allowed them to enjoy the advantage of second chances from shots to the basket and achieved 25 points for just 6 of the Nuggets.
scored 13 points and
Rajon Rondo was
once again the Lakers' best backup after contributing 11 points.
Davis got the Lakers off to a quick start with their touchdown and James helped them finish their defense, forcing Jamal Murray to make some mistakes after keeping the Nuggets in the game with a series of difficult to hit baskets.
But this time, the Nuggets could not come back and although they were a point behind on the scoreboard at the beginning of the fourth period, they always found the reaction of the Lakers.
The Lakers have 16 championships, one less than the Boston Celtics in NBA history, but they haven't played for one since winning their most recent title in 2010.
Murray scored 32 points and eight assists as the leader of the Nuggets, but Jokic finished with just 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two ball recoveries, without being a winning factor.
Neither could the power forwards Jerami Grant, despite reaching 17 points, but only captured two rebounds, while
Michael Porter Jr.
, who came out as a substitute, reached 13 points.
Davis scored 27 points in Game 3, but said he needed to play more aggressive under the hoops and had five rebounds, three assists and three balls back.
The game was played normally, despite all the statements that the players have made about the verdict in the Breonna Taylor case, and at no time did anyone speak of a possible boycott of the same or the rest of the NBA competition.
James had the words "We want justice" written next to Breonna Taylor's name on his sneaker.
While Lakers coach
said the news a day before that a grand jury did not press charges against Louisville (Kentucky) police for the shooting death of Taylor, the black woman who was in his apartment, hit the players hard.
According to the criteria of The Trust Project
NBA 2019 - 2020The Celtics accelerate and leave Marc Gasol and Ibaka one step away from elimination
NBA 2019 - 2020 Clippers don't want to change their story: they let 19 points escape and there will be Game 7 against the Nuggets
NBA 2019 - 2020Bam Adebayo and a plug on the horn that is worth the Heat's first victory over the Celtics
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