Anthony Davis scored the game-winning 3-pointer as the Los Angeles Lakers thwarted Denver Newgates’ attempt to win 105-103 in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final on Sunday. 2-0 Series lead.
Before the final Lakers possession, Davis and Nicola Jockey trading baskets were some of the last assets of the game, with Alex Caruso missing a 3-pointer, Jamal Murray’s block and finally Davis’ winning shot.
The Lakers got off to a strong start behind LeBron James, who scored 20 points in the first half. But in the second half the New Gates slowly erased the 10-point half-time deficit, which led to an exciting finish.
Joachim (30 points, nine assists, six rebounds) and Murray (25 points, six rebounds, four assists) led the way for Newgate again, with strong bench contributions from Michael Porter Jr. and Monte Morris and some amazing moments. From PJ Dosier. Davis led the Lakers with 31 points, while James added 26 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.
Denver played better than the Series Opener, but now face a situation where they have to win mainly in Game 3. Below are a few travel tips from a Wild Game 2.
1. The mammoth moment of AD
Davis is an interesting superstar. He has been the top five player in a consensus for most of the last few years, but due to the relative futility of the previous team, he has only been in the playoffs twice before this season, only once to advance to the second round. Davis averaged 30.5 points from 13 play-off games with the New Orleans Pelicans, but questions remain as to whether he could become the number one player on a championship team – the questions are more strongly with LeBron James’ teammate with the Lakers.
We may not know the answer to that question for a while, but we can no longer talk about taking Davis James’ coats of arms to a championship. He took the stretch against Newgate in Game 2, scoring the Lakers’ last 10 points, hitting a go-forward runner with 26 seconds left in the fourth quarter, and then his first real signature play-off moment.
“People talk, there’s never been a moment in this, pressure, am I ready for it? I have to take those shots. It’s part of tradition. I want those shots. I want big time plays,” Davis said of the game. “This is what they brought me here – to do big time plays.”
Davis scored 22 points in the second half and nine in the fourth to lead the Lakers to victory. James struggled with just two points in a 1-for-6 shooting in the fourth quarter. This is what the Lakers hope to move into the postseason and give a lot of impetus to Davis’ legacy. It reminded Lakers coach Frank Vogel of a franchise legend.
“It’s a shot that will hit Kobe Bryant,” Vogel said after the game. “AD is coming, it’s flying like wings, a catch and shoot with the game at the biggest moment of our season, nothing but a net. It’s a mammoth shot.”
2. Don’t forget about the Joker
If AD’s shot is fired, the whole conversation is about the jockey’s complete dominance. With just three minutes left, the New Gates were eight behind, with the Jockey individual leading 9-0 with 31 seconds left. The jockey hit none other than the net on a hook shot measured above the eddy to regain the lead, past Davis’ floater Lakers.
The big player is incredible in the playoffs, and scored 30 points, nine assists, six rebounds and four styles in Game 2 defeats. No matter how this post-season ends for nuggets, the jockey has elevated himself to the highest level of NBA superstars.
3. Second chance
It was the New Gates This As the evening of the series draws to a close, there are a few minor things that Michael Malone and the coaching staff point out as culprits. First, Newgates turned the ball 21 times, leading the Lakers to 15 points. But what is more notable is the inability to recover the property.
The Lakers withdrew 13 offensive rebounds, leading to 16 second-chance points. James, who had a hold early in the fourth quarter, led Danny Green to a lost 3-pointer from a free throw of his own, and then Kusma made another aggressive comeback and made a layout. Within six minutes, Rajan Rondo made an aggressive comeback, which led to a Kentavius Caldwell-pop 3-pointer. The final possession came after Alex Caruso’s 3-pointer failed to return the nuggets.
Sometimes coming back is about a lucky carom here and there, but when you lose two points consistently in a game, you can’t help but kick yourself later.
4. Porter Jr. goes
The New Jets need more than the Jockey and Murray to win this series in another dramatic comeback, more than Porter Jr. is capable of becoming their third scorer. He was basically a no-show in Game 7 against the Clippers and Game 1 in this series, but on Friday he made two shots during the waste and it may have been implemented. He excelled in Game 2, scoring 15 points in 6-for-9 shooting and pulling back four rebounds in just 20 minutes. He may not be able to play big minutes in this series due to defensive shortcomings, but if Rookie can become a microwave scorer from the bench and keep the team on the bench with a jockey and / or Murray, that’s a long way to go.
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