Lakers advanced to the NBA Finals on Saturday for the first time in a decade with a 117-107 win over Denver Nuggets in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.
Lakers will now face the winner of the Eastern Conference final that has the Heat leading the series, 3-2, going into Game 6 on Sunday against Boston Celtics.
A record of 6-1 in elimination games says a great deal about a team. It brings to mind several nights of long odds and demented comebacks, and builds a reputation, to say the least, as a “tough out.”
The Lakers are, by their own admission, not done yet after winning the Western Conference championship, but the team is still celebrating their five-game series victory over the Nuggets on Thursday night.
It was a slow start and fast finish for the Lake Show in Game 5 this evening. Their final lap before riding to the championship resulted in a 117-107 victory over Denver.
LeBron James dazzled in the clinching win with 38 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists. After missing the playoffs in his first year with the Lakers, James is back in familiar territory.
It’s pretty poetic that the LeBron-AC storyline began this time last year and after developing for almost 365 days, continues to be a pillar of the Lake Show’s success. Fans have witnessed AC Fresh enter the league and watch and learn from Bron. With Bron’s vision, AC’s work ethic and their shared will to win, the two are a worthy alliance.