Too much Jamal Murray, as the Lakers drop Game 3 to the Denver Nuggets, 114-106
Orlando- The Los Angeles Lakers could not complete the second half comeback, as Jamal Murray hit a couple of shots late in the fourth quarter to escape with the victory.
In the first half, the Lakers were very careless with the ball and had 10 turnovers at the half. The Lakers could not find the range from behind the arc, as they collectively shot around 30%. LeBron James had a quiet two quarters scoring, but he impacted the game with his passing and made he right reads with getting his teammates involved. On the defensive end, the Lakers were getting beat up in the paint as Nikola Jokic' was getting any shot that he wanted. As soon as Jokic was getting double teamed, he would kick it out to Michael Porter Jr, who was lighting it up from behind the arc. Porter and Jokic' combined for 24 points. At the end of the half, the Nuggets had a ten point lead, 63-53.
Los Angeles started to get their legs back and intensified the game at the start of the second half. At the start of the third quarter, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit five straight points to cut the Nuggets' lead to five. However, the Nuggets finished the quarter on a 30-22 run to put the Lakers in a 18-point hole.
Lets take it to midway in the fourth where the Lakers went on a dominate 18-7 run and had Denver trying to figure out what happened. The Lakers cut the Nuggets' lead to three, but Jamal Murray and Jerami Grant hit key shots to escape with a victory and get back into the series.
James finished with 30 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds
Davis finished with 27 points,1 assists, and 2 rebounds