LeBron is going home, and the Nuggets are advancing!
The Los Angeles Lakers were fighting for their lives in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals, facing elimination from the NBA Playoffs being down 0-3 to the Denver Nuggets, and they played like it.
The game started out with the Lakers getting a quick 11-4 jump-start, which eventually led LeBron & Co. to hold a 15-point lead at halftime. However, Nikola Jokić and the Nuggets proved to be just too much of a force, hanging on to a 113-111 win to complete the 4-0 series sweep, eliminating the Lake Show from the postseason.
The Lakers have been eliminated from the NBA playoffs. pic.twitter.com/Uf6wvOek1m
— ESPN (@espn) May 23, 2023
The Nuggets now play the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics, with the Heat currently holding a dominant 3-0 lead in that series.
THE NUGGETS HAVE FINALLY BROKEN THROUGH. THEY’RE GOING TO THEIR FIRST-EVER NBA FINALS! ⚒️🏆 pic.twitter.com/zgQw6AqOuh
— theScore (@theScore) May 23, 2023
Head coach Michael Malone of the @nuggets accepts the Oscar Robertson Trophy, awarded to the Western Conference Champions! pic.twitter.com/IhqEzBzxjU
— NBA (@NBA) May 23, 2023
Here are the highlights of Game 4 if you happened to miss the action:
I’m happy for the Denver Nuggets.
There’s not much flash and dash about them, but those boys know how to play basketball, and Nikola Jokić is absolutely unbelievable. It’s just incredible seeing somebody as big as him dominating not just in the paint, but doing things that a two-guard does. It’s crazy. (RELATED: REPORT: Kyrie Irving ‘Ready To Come’ To The Lakers To Reunite With LeBron James)
But don’t get it twisted … there’s not a worried bone in my body with the way my Miami Heat have been playing (it’s safe to say the Boston Celtics series is over), so let’s get it, Denver.
HEAT IN FIVE!