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LeBron James takes Lakers to NBA Finals with monster game vs. Nuggets

LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Lakers

After 10 long years, the Los Angeles Lakers are back in the NBA Finals.

The Lakers took care of business and eliminated the feisty Denver Nuggets with a 117-107 victory in Game 5.

LeBron James, who is now 15-0 when his teams are up 3-1 in a series, propelled the Purple and Gold to the Finals with his fourth triple-double in the playoffs. The King finished with 38 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists — with 16 of his 38 coming in the fourth quarter.

James was in attack mode from the get go and kept his foot on the pedal throughout the game.

Anthony Davis had a frustrating first half, but he picked it up in the second half. The Brow, who will make his first NBA Finals appearance, managed to finish with 27 points on 8-of-16 shooting for the Lakers.

Meanwhile, this marks the end of a magnificent postseason from the Denver Nuggets. Jerami Grant, who scored 20 points, led a furious second half comeback for the Nuggets, but they unfortunately came up short in the end.

Nikola Jokic finished with 20 points and five rebounds; however, struggled with foul trouble in the first half. Jamal Murray, who has been spectacular throughout these playoffs, finished with 19 points. He clearly didn’t look right, as he was reportedly nursing a knee contusion in Game 5.

This is certainly a special time for Lakers fans after a decade of waiting for their next championship act. Now, they are just four games away from reaching the mountaintop once again.

Los Angeles now awaits the winner of the Miami Heat-Boston Celtics series in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Heat hold a 3-2 lead over the Celtics and look to book their ticket to face the Lakers with a win in Game 6 on Sunday.