Key Factors in Lakers Game One Victory Over Nuggets

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By: LaMarr Fields

The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets in game one of the Western Conference Finals 126-114. Anthony Davis started the game out on fire scoring 14 points in the first quarter, but Nuggets started the game out hot as well, scoring 38 points in the first quarter.

The Lakers broke the game open in the second quarter with a 17-1 run against the Nuggets, starting with Alex Caruso‘s three-point play. Los Angeles never looked back from there. LeBron James finished with 15 points and 12 assists. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 18 points while shooting 6 of 10 from the field.

Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic both had 21 points apiece, and both shot decent field goal percentages. But they both were in foul trouble early. The Lakers attempted 35 free throws in the first half of the game.

Anthony Davis Dominated

Anthony Davis was a monster in this game; he scored 37 points and ten rebounds while shooting 12-21 from the field. Davis also shot 12-15 from the charity stripe. The power forward was very aggressive in this game, taking the ball to the basket and getting Denver in foul trouble. It is easier for Davis now with James and Rajon Rondo passing him the ball in his sweet spots on the court.

Bench Scoring

The Lakers are not known for their bench scoring, but the bench stepped up in this game with 47 bench points. Dwight Howard (13) and Kyle Kuzma (11) points led the Lakers bench. Markieff Morris added nine points while making three three-point shots. Rondo scored seven points, but he did dish out nine assists in 22 minutes. Caruso had five points, and J.R Smith had three points to round out the bench scoring. If the Lakers bench keeps playing like this, they will be hard to beat.

Three-Point Shooting

The Lakers will also be hard to beat if they shoot 42.3% from the three-point line. They made 11 out 26 three-point shots. Morris and Caldwell-Pope lead the way with three apiece as the Lakers cruised to game one win.

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