Netease Sports reported on September 25:
September 25, Beijing time,
LeBron only got 10 free throw opportunities in the first three games of the Western Conference Finals, which has attracted protests from the Lakers against the league. As a superstar, LeBron seems to have a hard time getting a superstar whistle.
Davis started the game very well today, and LeBron did not rush to make a shot. At 7 minutes and 44 seconds, he got a whistle while grabbing a rebound and made two free throws. The Lakers' scoring was concentrated on the long man. LeBron only broke through for a layup at 5 minutes and 26 seconds, and then soared three points from the perimeter to give the Lakers a 9-point lead.
LeBron was very efficient in the first quarter, getting 10 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists on 3 of 5 shots. The Lakers also scored 37 points.
In the second quarter, LeBron brought the bench to double digits. He continued to cooperate with Kuzma, assisting the latter to soar three points on the outside, suppressing the Nuggets' counterattack. He rested until the end of the quarter and returned, grabbing a rebound in 3 minutes and 36 seconds and scoring a fast break. But Murray still led the Nuggets to catch up. LeBron scored 14 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in the half, and the Lakers only led by 5 points.
LeBron also played a point guard in the second half, mobilizing the Lakers' perimeter, assisting Davis and Green to score three points, but Murray's activity still made it difficult for the Lakers to pull away. LeBron did not make a three-pointer at 7:34. , And then he broke through the opponent to make a foul, and made two free throws, but he grabbed the rebound and made a tip.
Although it is not easy for LeBron to find scoring opportunities on his own, his teammates are very good. In addition to Pope, Rondo's activity at the end of the quarter also allowed the Lakers to regain a double-digit advantage. But in the second half of the quarter, the Nuggets caught up to the score again. LeBron made consecutive goals for Davis in the last minute. The latter missed a three-pointer, but then succeeded in drawing a foul to the free throw line. In the end, the Lakers only led the first three quarters by 3 points.
At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Nuggets narrowed the point difference to just 1 point. LeBron broke through with the ball at 10 minutes and 21 seconds and made a foul, but did not free throws. Then he got a whistle with one hit and two breakthroughs, this time making two free throws. Davis' key three-pointer caused Jokic to commit 5 fouls, but the Lakers still dare not relax.
Zhan Mei played very hard, the two encountered very strong defensive intensity under the basket, 5 minutes and 46 seconds LeBron stood on the free throw line again. In the last 3 minutes and 41 seconds, Zhan Huang broke through to give the Lakers a 6-point lead, but the Nuggets were very confident and could always catch up. The Lakers were under great pressure.
At 2 minutes and 56 seconds, Zhan Huang blocked Murray's layup, and Rondo scored a counterattack. The Lakers' defense at the critical moment did not lose the chain. After Davis took the frontcourt, LeBron fouled with the ball and made two free throws. In the last 1:06, Zhan Huang missed a three-pointer, but the Lakers got the frontcourt, and then he broke through with the ball again, was knocked to the ground and made a foul, and again made two free throws.
In the free throw game, Zhan Mei's stability is very important, but also to ensure the victory of the Lakers. In the end Murray missed a three-pointer, Davis scored a rebound, and the Lakers also pocketed the match point.