Los Angeles Lakers back to Finals after closing out Denver Nuggets in Game 5. LeBron James’ 38 points closed out the Nuggets on Saturday and put the Lakers in the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010.
Lakers in the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010
LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers advance to the NBA Finals with a 117-107 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night to win th Western Conference finals in five games.
James finished with 38 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists to become the fourth player to reach 10 NBA Finals.
The Nuggets were unable to get into a rhythm in the first half due to more foul trouble for Nikola Jokic and an injury to Jamal Murray which appeared to make him less than 100 percent.
Anthony Davis added 27 points and will end his first season with Los Angeles by playing in his first NBA Finals.
The Lakers now seek the franchise’s 17th NBA title, and will meet the winner of the Eastern Conference finals series between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics. They haven’t played for the title since beating the Celtics in 2010 for the last of their 16 titles.