Davis hits 3 at buzzer, Lakers edge Nuggets for 2-0 lead

Davis hits 3 at buzzer, Lakers edge Nuggets for 2-0 lead

Stop James, and Davis will do damage. Los Angeles now has a 2-0 series lead, with Game 3 on Tuesday (9 ET, TNT).

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Davis, who finished with a team-high 31 points, was guarded by Nuggets star center Nikola Jokic at points during the game.

LeBron James helped him out with 26 points, 11 rebound and four assists. "Every time we have to stop the game for free throws or take the ball out of bounds because they scored, it hurts our offense", Alex Caruso said. "Those guys both carried each other throughout the game and obviously a big part of the win". "Like, I kind of felt it going in", said Jokic of Davis' shot.

Denver played well enough to win - or at least played well enough give itself a chance to win.

Denver will also aim to take care of the ball better after committing 16 turnovers that led to 17 points from the Lakers.

The Lakers missed two consecutive jump shots on their next possession.

Jokic put it down to poor communication, though there was a hint of rueful helplessness to his post-game comments as he suggested if Davis had not been decisive, James could have. But the Lakers answered with a 20-7 surge after a 3-pointer by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope six minutes later for a 55-40 advantage. "I thought our defense in that second half was tremendous", Denver coach Michael Malone said. "And making sure late in games we're spaced the right way so we can get good shots".

The Lakers would go on to win the series in six games and win the 2010 NBA Finals in seven games over the Boston Celtics.

"The only thing you can talk about tonight is we were in the game". I want to take those shots. "But as long as we're putting ourselves in position to win games, that's all you can ask for". Jokic, meanwhile, matched him nearly point for point, as he ended up with 30 points, six boards, nine assists, and four steals.

Jokic and Davis were fantastic in the fourth quarter, trading baskets until no time was left.

The Lakers' other big men, Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee, however, have made it clear who they think is the better player in that matchup.

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