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James, Lakers beat Nuggets in Game 5 to reach NBA Finals

The Nuggets magical run in the Orlando bubble ended after two thrilling 3-1 comebacks against the Jazz and Clippers.
Credit: AP
Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, left, drives against Denver Nuggets' Nikola Jokic (15) during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — LeBron James is going to a 10th NBA Finals — and for the first time in a decade, so are the Los Angeles Lakers. James punctuated his 27th postseason triple-double with a big fourth quarter, powering the Lakers to a 117-107 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night to win the Western Conference finals in five games. 

James finished with 38 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists to become the fourth player to reach 10 NBA Finals. 

The Lakers will face either Miami or Boston in their 32nd NBA Finals appearance, most in league history.

For the Nuggets, their magical run in the Orlando bubble ended after two thrilling 3-1 comebacks against the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers. 

Jamal Murray battled on a hobbled knee in Game 5 and played the most minutes of any NBA player in the entire playoffs. For him, Nikola Jokic and the whole team, some well-deserved rest awaits. 

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