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Led by Nikola Jokic’s 30 points, 14 rebounds, and 13 assists, the Denver Nuggets defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 4, 113-111. Jamal Murray added 25 points for the Nuggets in the victory, while LeBron James led all scorers with 40 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists for the Lakers. After closing out this best-of-seven series, 4-0, the Nuggets will now advance to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history, where they will face the winner of the Boston Celtics-Miami Heat series (Miami leads, 3-0).
Nikola Jokic (27.8 PPG, 14.5 RPG, 11.8 APG) is now the 4th player in NBA history to average a triple-double in a Conference Finals series, joining:
Jason Kidd (2001-02 vs. Celtics): 17.5 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 10.2 APG
Magic Johnson (1982-83 vs. Spurs): 17.5 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 14.0 APG
Wilt Chamberlain (1966-67 vs. Celtics): 21.6 PPG, 32.0 RPG, 10.0 APG*
Nikola Jokic joins Wilt Chamberlain (1967) as the only players in NBA history to average a triple-double in back-to-back Playoff series.
The Nuggets 93 Playoff wins entering tonight were the most Playoff wins by a team to never make a Finals appearance in NBA history.
Nikola Jokic has now recorded his 8th triple-double of the 2023 Playoffs, passing Wilt Chamberlain (1967) for most Triple-Doubles in a single postseason.
Anthony Davis (50) is the 3rd Lakers player (5th instance) in franchise history with 50+ blocks in a single postseason, joining:
Shaquille O’Neal (2003-2004): 61 blocks
Shaquille O’Neal (1999-2000): 55 blocks
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1982-1983): 55 blocks
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1979-1980): 58 blocks
LeBron James (38 years, 143 days) is now the oldest player in NBA history to record 40+ points in a Playoff game, previously:
Karl Malone (36 years, 273 days): 50 points on 04/22/2000