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How Anthony Davis dominated as Lakers beat Jazz to seal No 1 seed in West playoffs

 

Anthony Davis scored 42 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers clinched the No 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs with a 116-108 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night.

LeBron James contributed 22 points and nine assists and Dwight Howard added 11 points as the Lakers improved to 2-1 in restart games, rebounding from a loss to the Toronto Raptors on Saturday. Donovan Mitchell scored 33 points, 21 of which came in the first half, and Mike Conley added 24 as the Jazz lost their second consecutive game.

Anthony Davis attacks the basket against the Utah Jazz
The Lakers (51-15) took control of a tight game with a 14-0 run late in the third quarter, turning a deficit into an 81-71 advantage. The period ended on a 19-5 Lakers run.

The Lakers shot 50 percent from the field and 34.6 percent from three-point range.

Embiid had a chance to tie the game but converted only 1-of-2 free throws to close the Sixers within 129-128 with 22.2 seconds left. White then hit 1-of-2 for a 130-128 Spurs lead with 10.4 seconds to go ahead of Milton’s trey. Embiid added another 1-of-2 from the line with 0.4 seconds left.

Denver Nuggets 121-113 Oklahoma City Thunder (OT)

Denver Nuggets and the Oklahoma City Thunder

Highlights of the seeding match between the Denver Nuggets and the Oklahoma City Thunder

Nikola Jokic scored eight of his 30 points in overtime to help the Denver Nuggets to a 121-113 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

With the Nuggets down three starters due to injury, Michael Porter Jr moved into the starting line-up and had a career game, leading Denver with 37 points.

Nikola Jokic initiates the Nuggets offense against the Oklahoma City Thunder
Image:Nikola Jokic initiates the Nuggets offense against the Oklahoma City Thunder

But late in regulation and overtime, it was Jokic who took control. He scored five points in the final 2:04 of regulation to help the Nuggets force overtime after falling behind by seven with less than four minutes remaining. He finished with 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

The Nuggets were disjointed in a loss to Miami in their first game back from the long layoff, but that wasn’t the case against the Thunder, thanks in large part to Porter’s strong performance. He finished 12-of-16 from the field with 12 rebounds.

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