Lakers vs. Nuggets Game 5 Postgame

Lakers Continue to Last Stop: The NBA Finals

by Taylor Geas

Los Angeles, your Lakers are going to the NBA Finals.

It was a slow start and fast finish for the Lake Show in Game 5 this evening. Their final lap before riding to the championship resulted in a 117-107 victory over Denver.

It was an incredibly hard-fought round. Here’s to the Nuggets, a worthy contender.

This win ran deep tonight. Every guy wanted to step up and it made for an incredible game from the Purple and Gold. LeBron James (38 pts, 16 reb, 10 ast) led the way. In his 17th year in the league, the King was an absolute force in the pursuit of his tenth Finals appearance this Saturday night. LeBron’s defense was outstanding for forty minutes. He was collecting rebounds like he was the only one under the hoop, which made it possible for him to somehow make the Lakers fastbreak even faster. And to close it out, LBJ had an arsenal of daggers that he unleashed as he hit fadeaway jumper after fadeaway jumper in the fourth quarter. It was “winning time” as he calls it, and that means no off button for Bron.

Coach Frank Vogel praised his team postgame, “credit to all our players.”

The best part of this Game 5 victory, other than the result? The Lakers’ chemistry. The teamwork was magnetic. Danny Green (11 pts, 2 blk) and Dwight Howard (9 pts, 9 rebs) were pivotal defenders. While the Lakers offense was fueled by the familiar favorites. Specifically, Rajon Rondo (8 pts, 4 ast, 3 reb) and Anthony Davis (27 pts). The two were striking, as was the LeBron-Alex Caruso (11 pts, 4 ast) dynamic. The No. 1 two-man combo was smoking hot tonight.

Discreet passes and blatant hammers are the making of beautiful teamwork. That is Rondo and Davis’ specialty. These two understand each other incredibly well and are always on the same page— at the exact same time. The playmaker and the big fella were outstanding in their respective roles, but what was interesting was seeing these two trade spots tonight and get the other’s job done. Rondo was sneaky and lethal in the paint, while AD was a threat from the outside and draining threes.

Speaking of sameness, let’s bring it to the King and AC. Separately, LeBron did the big things, grabbing another playoff triple-double. This is his fourth of this playoff series which puts him in a class with Elgin Baylor, John Stockton and Chris Paul. While AC did the little things, that added up to the big things.

It’s pretty poetic that the LeBron-AC storyline began this time last year and after developing for almost 365 days, continues to be a pillar of the Lake Show’s success. Fans have witnessed AC Fresh enter the league and watch and learn from Bron. With Bron’s vision, AC’s work ethic and their shared will to win, the two are a worthy alliance.

These are only a few of the countless examples of the teamwork, brotherhood and heart that connect this team. A great feat was accomplished tonight, but this isn’t the finish line. LeBron said postgame, “we battled through a lot this year. We’ve got four more to win, for the ultimate goal.” The job is not done. The Lakers have one more round to face together.

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