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Mamba shot powers Lakers past Nuggets; take 2-0 lead in Western Conference Finals

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DUMAGUETE CITY, Negros Oriental, Philippines – Anthony Davis hit the game-winner as the Los Angeles Lakers took game 2 of the NBA Western Conference Finals against the Denver Nuggets.

Alex Caruso missed the wide open three-pointer from top of the key after Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s extra pass.

Danny Green was able to grab the rebound from a loose ball and pulled up for a potential game-winner near the baseline but Nuggets guard Jamal Murray was quick enough to block the shot.

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Veteran guard Rajon Rondo was inserted back into the game with 2.1 seconds left in the clock to execute the final possession of the match.

Seven-footer Nikola Jokic tried to disrupt the inbound play but Rondo was able to find a curling Davis who drained the killer three-pointer from downtown.

“It’s a mamba shot,” Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said during the post-game interview on Davis buzzer beater.

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The 2019 All-star bigman was seen yelling “Kobe!” right after hitting the winning trey.

The Lakers stays undefeated wearing the “Black Mamba Jersey” in honor of NBA legend, Kobe Bryant.

Davis echoed Vogel’s statements as they try to embody the legacy of the five-time world champion.

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Lebron James was on attack mode in game 2.

After finishing with only 15 points during the first game, the star forward tallied 26 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists in 36 minutes of play.

Alex Caruso continued to be consistent coming off the bench.

“Carushow” put on a show in the first half, he throws down a massive one-handed jam in the second quarter posterizing Denver’s Jerami Grant and finished the ballgame with 9 points. The Texas A&M alum provided the intangibles for the purple and gold that cannot be seen on the stat sheet.

Nuggets only took the lead in the fourth quarter.

Nikola Jokic’s late heroic were put to waste.

The Serbian bigman scored 11 straight points for the Nuggets down the line but Anthony Davis proved too much.

The Brow was the only Laker to score in the last five minutes of the game.

He scattered 10 points shooting 100% from the field and the free throw line including the game winner.

Power Forward Paul Millsap continued to be the missing link for the Nuggets.

The four-time All-star had 11.6 points in the regular season as he only collected a total of 11 points in the first two games of the Western Conference Final duel.

Denver looked ready to bounce back on Wednesday in their third match of the series.

Though winning their first two rounds in the playoff coming from a deficit against the Jazz and the Clippers, the Lakers however is 43-1 in going 2-0 in a seven game series.

The wild finish was already the fourth game winner while the clock was winding down this playoff to tie the record books.

Luka Doncic drained a step-back three-pointer against the LA Clippers in the first round,

Toronto’s OG Anunoby buried a triple during game 3 of their second round series against the Boston Celtics, and Jimmy Butler of the Miami Heat took a couple of free-throws while there was no time left in the clock to pull away against the Milwaukee Bucks during game 2 of the east semi-finals.

Lakers (105) – Davis 31, James 26, Caldwell-Pope 11, Green 11, Caruso 9, Kuzma 8, McGee 3, Rondo 3, Howard 3.
Nuggets (103) – Jokic 30, Murray 25, Porter Jr. 15, Morris 9, Grant 7, Millsap 6, Harris 3, Craig 3, Dozier 3, Plumlee 2.

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Ian Zane T. Esparaga
Ian Zane T. Esparaga
Uni student. Kobe Bryant die-hard fan. Sports buff. Photo journalist. Budding sports writer.
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