LeBron James’ Brilliance Leads Lakers Past Jamal Murray, Nuggets

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DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 12: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers posts up on Jamal Murray #27 of the Denver Nuggets on February 12, 2020 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)

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If Wednesday was a Western Conference Finals preview, the Los Angeles Lakers appear ready to make a championship run.

Los Angeles defeated the Denver Nuggets 120-116 in overtime on Wednesday at Pepsi Center in a thrilling showdown between the teams that entered play with the two best records in the conference. LeBron James and Anthony Davis spearheaded the effort, as they so often do, helping the Purple and Gold improve to 41-12 on the season with a third straight win. 

As for the Nuggets, they are still an impressive 38-17 overall even though their four-game winning streak came to an end.

         

Notable Player Stats

  • LAL F LeBron James: 32 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds
  • LAL F Anthony Davis: 33 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks
  • LAL C Dwight Howard: 14 points and 11 rebounds
  • DEN G Jamal Murray: 32 points and 10 assists
  • DEN C Nikola Jokic: 22 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and three steals

             

LeBron Heads Into All-Star Break on a High Note

James is 35 years old and in his 17th season, nine of which have featured grueling trips to the NBA Finals. Wednesday was the Lakers’ last game before the All-Star break, and they have the best record in the Western Conference.

It would have been easy for the King to shift into cruise control before some time off from the regular-season grind.

Instead, he unleashed his individual brilliance and was perhaps at least somewhat motivated by Monte Morris’ decision to talk trash to him in the first half. LeBron silenced the Nuggets’ fans, caused a delay of game with