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Anthony Davis had 37 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers cruised to a 126-114 victory over the Denver Nuggets in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Friday near Orlando.
Davis, who converted 12 of 21 shots from the floor, scored 20 points in the second half.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including 3-of-5 on 3 pointers, while LeBron James added 15 points, 12 assists and six rebounds for the Lakers. Dwight Howard had 13 points off the bench and effectively defended Nuggets center Nikola Jokic.
Rajon Rondo, a key contributor off the Los Angeles bench with seven points and nine assists, said, “They actually got off to a great start in the first quarter, so t