Lakers’ JR Smith breaks tie with Kobe Bryant to move up on all-time playoff 3-pointers made
The Los Angeles Lakers absolutely destroyed the Denver Nuggets in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Friday. The game was over by the fourth quarter, which allowed L.A. to clear their bench, and bring in guys like J.R. Smith into the contest. Smith scored just three points in this one, but his single three-pointer was enough to overtake the late, great Kobe Bryant for the ninth spot in all-time playoffs triples made.
Smith and Bryant were tied with 292 triples prior to Friday, but the Lakers sharpshooter was able to climb the leaderboards after he sank a trey against the Nuggets:
— NBA (@NBA) September 19, 2020
Here’s a look at that historic moment, which actually brings back memories of vintage J.R.:
You know J.R. had to get in the box score 💦pic.twitter.com/voh6hPXM3W
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) September 19, 2020
Smith played just four minutes in this one, and it wasn’t until garbage time that he was able to clock in. The game ended 126-114 in favor of the Lakers, which is actually flattering for the Nuggets after they were pummeled by a powerhouse L.A. side in this one.
The Lakers used a huge third-quarter surge to pull away against the Nuggets, as they outscored their opponents 33-20 in the third period. Denver had no answer to L.A.’s transition game, and the Nuggets will need to go back to the drawing board to try and see what adjustments they need to make for Game 2 on Saturday.
Anthony Davis was superbly dominant in this one, finishing with a game-high 37 points on 12-of-21 shooting, to go along with 1o boards, and four assists in just 33 minutes of action. Davis was on point all evening long, and the Nuggets will need to try and contain him if they hope to stand a chance in this series.