In a matchup of the first and second seeds in the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets 120-116.
Sorry Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, but LeBron James and Anthony Davis are the best duo in the league, further proving that point in the close win against the Nuggets. James had a triple-double, scoring 32 points, dishing 14 assists and grabbing 12 rebounds, while Davis scored 33 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Both James and Davis played over 40 minutes, as the game had a playoff atmosphere to it. It was the last Lakers game before All-Star weekend, with their next game being a full week from now.
The Nuggets brought everything. Nikola Jokic scored 22 points with 11 rebounds and six assists, Jamal Murray scored 32 points and 10 assists, and Jerami Grant, Gary Harris, Monte Morris and Paul Millsap all scored in double figures. For the Lakers, only Avery Bradley, Dwight Howard and Alex Caruso scored in double figures, with Howard adding 11 rebounds.
The win was no easy one for the Lakers, as the two-seeded Nuggets won six of their last seven games, including wins over the Milwaukee Bucks and Utah Jazz. The road win improved the Lakers road record to 23-5, the best in the NBA.
James and Davis continue to be in the middle of the MVP conversations. James is now averaging 25.0 points, a league-best 10.8 assists and 7.8 rebounds per game while shooting 49% from the field and 35% from three. Davis is averaging 26.6 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 2.4 blocks per game while shooting 52% from the field and 32% from three. Although both players aren’t knock down shooters, opposing players have to respect the three-point shot from each of them.