LA Lakers kicked off their NBA Western Conference Finals Series with a win. Lakers best Denver Nuggets 126-114 in the opening game in the best of seven. Rajon Rondo was one of the instrumental players for the side. With his seventh assist during the third quarter of the Lakers’ Game 1, he surpassed Michael Jordan in NBA’s all-time playoff assists list.
He passed Michael Jordan’s tally of 1022 assists (in 179 playoff games) with a bounce pass to Anthony Davis in his 111th postseason appearance.
Anthony Davis had 37 points and 10 rebounds, LeBron James added 15 points and 12 assists, and the Lakers rolled to a 126-114 victory over the Nuggets.
Slow starters in the previous two rounds, the top-seeded Lakers put this one away in a hurry, opening a double-digit lead in the first half that they easily extended in the third quarter.
Earlier in the NBA West Conference Semifinals LeBron James led his team past the Houston Rockets in five games while the Nuggets were able to overcome a 3-1 deficit, for the second straight series, to upset the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Lakers are in the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2010, when they won the second of back-to-back NBA titles. However, while the Lakers are 8-2 in this postseason, they have lost their series openers in the first round and in the conference semifinals.
On the other hand, the Nuggets are in the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2009, when they lost to the Lakers, 4-2. The Nuggets are the first team in NBA history to rally from two 3-1 series deficits in the same postseason.