LA Lakers one win from NBA final spot

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The Los Angeles Lakers moved to within one win of their first NBA final appearance in a decade with a thrilling 114-108 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.

LA’s big guns Anthony Davis and LeBron James combined to contribute 60 points – 34 and 26 respectively – to help put the Lakers up 3-1 in their seven-game Western Conference final series.

Davis helped the Lakers blast out of the gates with his early shooting while James had a telling impact defensively, repeatedly nullifying Denver’s big threat Jamal Murray and forcing him into some late misses as the Nuggets tried to rally.

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LA led 87-84 at the last break, before holding on with a 27-24 last quarter.

James had nine rebounds and eight assists, Dwight Howard had 12 points and 11 boards, while Rajon Rondo tipped in 11 points and seven assists.

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Murray had 32 points and eight assists for Denver, while Jerami Grant took 17 points and Nikola Jokic had 16.

The Nuggets have already created history this post-season by twice coming back from 3-1 deficits.

They will have the chance to start another such recovery in game five on Saturday.