Los Angeles Lakers: Denver Nuggets continue strong play and earn a win

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The Los Angeles Lakers suffered their first loss in the Western Conference Finals to the Denver Nuggets, as Denver put together a great game.

For the first time in the playoffs, the Los Angeles Lakers have suffered a loss in a game other than the first in the series. The Lakers were able to get a 2-0 lead on the Denver Nuggets, but the Nuggets have played quite well the last two games.

Starting in Game 2, it was clear the Nuggets were finding some success against the Lakers, as they erased a big deficit in the second half, but ultimately came up short thanks to a buzz-beating three by Anthony Davis.

While this was a tough loss for the Nuggets, it was clear that they proved they could compete with the Lakers. In Game 3, the Nuggets avoided going into a double-digit hole and were able to get a win.

Despite the Nuggets being in control most of the game, the Lakers did make a run at them in the fourth quarter. However, the Nuggets were able to hold on and make this a series. If the Nuggets were to have to lost Game 3, they would have been down 3-0 in the series and all but done.

In the win, the Nuggets got strong performances from Jamal Murray, Nikola Jokic, and Jerami Grant. The emergence of Murray in the playoffs has been a highly talked about thing, but Grant scoring 26 points in the win helped push the Nuggets over the top in this one.

For the Lakers, they are still in control of this series with a 2-1 lead. However, there should be some concern with how well the Nuggets have played against them in the last game and a half.

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Frank Vogel might have to make some adjustments for the Lakers, as the Nuggets have clearly started to figure out some things on the offensive end of the court.