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After 2nd Half, Nuggets Foil Career-High 40-Pt Game for Lakers
The Lakers have their veteran studs in LeBron James and Anthony Davis while the Nuggets counter with youth in All-Star center Nikola Jokic and a rising star in guard Jamal Murray. James has been on a tear in the playoffs, ranking third in the NBA in assists (8.8 per game), ninth in scoring (26.6) and 11th in rebounding (10.3), and his defense has been outstanding. Davis has been inconsistent scoring-wise, but he’s still ranked seventh in the playoffs in points (27.6) and eighth in rebounds (10.9). Jokic has been nearly impossible to contain, knocking down three-pointers, posting up, passing, all leading to him averaging 26.1 points per game, 9.9 rebounds and 5.5 assists. Murray is tied for 10th in the playoffs in scoring (26.1), and he’s averaging 6.5 assists per game and shooting 49.5% from three-point range. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 11 points in Los Angeles' 107-99 victory at Atlanta on Monday, marking the ninth time he has reached double digits this campaign. The 27-year-old shooting guard went 3-for-6 from beyond the arc in the win after going just 3-for-16 over his previous five contests. Anthony Davis recorded a team-high 25 points against the Hawks on 10-of-14 shooting while Montrezl Harrell went 8-for-9 from the field and finished with 19 points, his highest output in nine outings.
The 25-year-old is averaging 26.8 points per game, hitting double digits in each of his 20 contests while scoring at least 20 on all but four occasions. Jokic is first in the NBA with 20 double-doubles and entered Wednesday one behind Dallas' Luka Doncic for the league lead in triple-doubles with five. The Nuggets are one of the highest-scoring teams in the NBA with an average of 116.6 points as they are making a sizzling 48.3 percent of their field goals. (Source: www.cbssports.com)