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Denver swept the Lakers for their first Finals



Vlatko Čančar in the grand final, but after success he was again left without a chance to play

The Denver Nuggets will play in the NBA Finals for the first time in history! On the wings of Nikola Jokić, Zlata zrana swept the LA Lakers with a smooth 4-0 victory. Jezerniki led for a long time in the fourth game, but in the end “Joker” eliminated them with a throw for 113:111.

It seemed it would LeBron James single-handedly kept the Lakers alive in the Western Conference Finals. King James scored 31 points in an extraordinary first half performance, giving Los Angeles a 73-58 halftime lead.

But Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets’ attack in the third quarter, scoring 13 points himself, and the visitors won the quarter 36:16, catching and overtaking the Lakers. In the dramatic finale of the fourth quarter, Anthony Davis made four consecutive free throws to tie the game at 111:111, and then Jokić scored with 52 seconds left. It’s in the last seconds James had two chances to tie the game and force overtime, but first he missed a shot with 26 seconds left, then he blocked it with a good second left. Aaron Gordon.

Nikola Jokić was unanimously named the Most Valuable Player of the Western Conference Finals.  With eight triple-doubles, the 28-year-old from Sombor has already set a new record in the NBA playoffs, surpassing Wilt Chamberlain from the 1967 playoffs Photo: Reuters

James only statistical record for veterans

In Denver, Nikola Jokić shone as usual. The two-time NBA MVP finished the game with 30 points, adding 14 rebounds and 13 assists. The first star of the LA Lakers, LeBron James, finished the game with 40 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. The statistical consolation for James is that he became the oldest player in NBA history to score 40 points in the playoffs.

Finals with Miami in sight

Denver Nuggets belongs to the group of 11 clubs in the current NBA League that have never won the championship title. Basketball players from Colorado will face the winner of the Eastern Conference clash in the finals, where eighth-ranked Miami leads 3-0 in victories against Boston.

Murray: We will continue to make history

“Unbelievable,” he said Jamal Murraywho this time contributed 25 points. “A lot of fun. Surreal. We’ll keep making history, that’s the point.” It took Denver 46 seasons to reach its first major final, in which it had amassed just 93 playoff wins through Monday night. In the era of Nikola Jokić, the Nuggets became the superpower of the West, but until this spring only in the regular season, and now they have Joker and colleagues a golden opportunity.

The Slovenian basketball player, who is currently on the sidelines at Zlati zrneh, will also take part in the final Vlatko Čančar he didn’t get a chance to play in the fourth game of the West final either.

Will LeBron James really say goodbye to the “broom”?
In the first interview with ESPN after the painful loss, LeBron James said that he is not sure that he will continue to be a member of the LA Lakers for another year. He ended the press conference by saying: “I still have a lot to think about…Personally, how to continue with basketball. I still have a lot to think about.”

Behind the 38-year-old James are 20 exceptional seasons in the NBA, in which he became the best scorer in history a few months ago. He still has a two-year contract with Jezerniki. There are already hints that the 4-time NBA champion would retire from the sport, then return after a year off to play for the team that will select his son Bronny, one of the greatest talents of his generation, in the 2024 draft.

West, Final, Game Four:

LA Lakers (7) – DENVER (1) 0:4 111:113 (34:28, 39:30, 16:36, 22:19) James 40 (15/25 from the field, 4/7 for three), 10 rebounds and 9 assists, Davis 21 (6/15 from the field ) and 14 rebounds, Reaves 17 (6/11 from the field), Schröder 13 (3/6 for three), Hachimura 10, Thompson and Russell 4 each, Walker 2; Jokic 30 (11/24 from the field, 3/6 for three), 14 rebounds and 13 assists, Murray 25 (10/18 from the field, 0/4 for three), Gordon 22 (3/5 for three), Porter 15 and 10 rebounds, Caldwell Pope 13 (3/7 for three), Brown 6, Green 2, Cancar did not play.

West Finals MVP (Magic Johnson Trophy): Nikola Jokic

East, final, fourth game:

Wednesday at 2:30: MIAMI (8) – BOSTON (2) 3:0

Source: Rtvslo

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