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NBA Playoffs: Nuggets Comeback Against Lakers To Win Game 2

Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) hits the game-winning basket against Los Angeles Lakers Monday, April 22, 2024 (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

The Denver Nuggets came back from a 20-point second-half deficit to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers 101-99. Jamal Murray hit the go-ahead bucket with just 0.1 seconds left in the game to give the Nuggets a 2-0 lead in the series as it now heads to LA.

Nikola Jokic had another monster game for Denver, posting 27 points to go with 20 rebounds and 10 assists. Michael Porter Jr added 22 points and Jamal Murray had 20, which included a number of clutch free throws and shots down the stretch.

Anthony Davis dominated in the paint for the Lakers, scoring 32 points on 14-19 shooting. Lebron James filled up the scoresheet as well with 26 points, 12 assists and 8 rebounds but they couldn’t hold on to their lead in the final minutes.

There wasn’t much in terms of production from either bench, as the Lakers only got 6 points from Taurean Prince while the Nuggets got 12 in total. The Lakers shot 48.7% from the field compared to the 44.3% by the Nuggets but had 14 turnovers to Denver’s 5.

As the series shifts to Los Angeles, the Lakers can take solace in the fact that they were extremely competitive in both games in Denver. If they can hold on to both games at home, they show the ability to steal a game in Denver and take the home-court advantage. 

On the other hand, Denver could very well run over the Lakers like they did last year, which ended in a sweep in the Western Conference Finals.

Game 3 will take place Thursday night at the Crypto.com Arena in LA. 

In other news in the NBA, the New York Knicks defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 102-101 two games ahead in their 7-game series. The Cleveland Cavaliers were also able to roll over the Orlando Magic at home to take control of their first-round matchup.

Knicks Steal Game 2 Against Sixers

Donte DiVincenzo hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with just 13 seconds remaining as the New York Knicks topped the Philadelphia 76ers 102-101 on Monday night. They take a 2-0 lead after winning both their home games at Madison Square Gardens in the first-round playoff series.

The Knicks trailed the Sixers by five points with 47 seconds to go in the game and were on the brink of losing home-court advantage matchup. Jalen Brunson hit a three from the corner which bounced on the rim and fell in, cutting the lead to 101-99 with 27 seconds remaining. 

Philadelphia were still in control of the game at this point, with the ability to run the clock down to around 3 seconds. Josh Hart however was able to steal the ball from Tyrese Maxey to get the ball back for the Knicks to give them the chance to tie things up or push ahead. Divencenzo missed his first attempt at a three but Isaiah Hartenstein grabbed the rebound and got him another try. DiVincenzo made no mistake in his second attempt making it 102-101.

Hartenstein then made another great play on the defensive end, blocking Tyrsese Maxey’s drive. Anunoby got the rebound and sealed the game with a couple of free throws after being fouled. 

Brunson led the scoring for the Knicks but had a rather ordinary night, finishing with 24 points and going 8 for 29 from the field. Josh Hart played 48 minutes for his 21 points and 15 rebounds, and DiVincenzo added 19 points.

For the Sixers, Maxey had 35 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, falling one short of his first playoff triple-double. Joel Embiid had 34 points and 10 rebounds but couldn’t get his team over the hump at the end, missing a three at the end of the game which would’ve sent them to overtime.

The Sixers will now move back to Philadelphia, hoping that home-court can earn them a couple of victories to even out the series. The next meeting will take place this Thursday night.