‘Triple Double’ Jokic Fury, Denver Win Game 1 of the NBA West Finals
Nikola Jokic’s Denver Nuggets got the head start.
Denver beat the LA Lakers 132 to 126 in the first leg home game of the 2022-2023 NBA Western Conference finals (4 wins out of 7) held at Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado on the 17th.
Denver is a team that ranks first in the regular league (53 wins, 29 losses). After beating the Minnesota Timberwolves (42-40) in 8th place in the first round of the playoffs (PO) and the Phoenix Suns (45-37) in 4th place in the second round, they reached the western final stage after three seasons. The Lakers also stepped on the stage of the Western Finals in three seasons after the 2019-2020 season, when they won.
On this day, Yokichi displayed his ace instincts to the fullest. He put the Lakers under pressure as he compiled a ‘triple double’ with 34 points, 21 rebounds and 14 assists. The field goal success rate was also raised to 70.6%, showing off a sense of high-purity shooting.
Denver pushed the Lakers hard from the beginning of the game. After rebounding, he seized the initiative with a quick attack. Center Jokic played off the Lakers defense with a successful shot after an offensive rebound.먹튀검증
Jokic was responsible for defensive rebounds as well as carrying the ball after rebounding. Forwards Michael Porter Jr. and Aaron Gordon moved to both corners and caught Jokic’s pass. When Jokic stayed on the bench, Jamal Murray (31 points) and Bruce Brown filled the void.
The pass continued smoothly around Jokic, doubling Denver’s firepower. There were also many outside shooting opportunities. Denver’s 3-point shooting success rate reached 46.9% that day. There were only six players who scored in double digits. In rebounding, Jokic outplayed the Lakers 51-36.
The Lakers pursued Denver with “King” LeBron James (26 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assists) and Anthony Davis (40 points, 10 rebounds) under the goal. Austin Reeves (23 points) and Rui Hachimura (17 points) also took up supporting shots, but the team lost.
The second game between the two teams will be held at the same place on the 19th.