The visiting Denver Nuggets defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 113-111 on Monday (Tuesday, May 23, Manila time), advancing to the NBA Finals for the first time in the franchise’s history. Nikola Jokic makes a lead with 30 points, 14 rebounds, and 13 assists.

With eight triple-doubles in one postseason, Jokic, the NBA MVP in the year of 2020–21 and 2021–22 seasons, set a new record. He and Wilt Chamberlain, who scored seven for the Philadelphia 76ers in 1967, had been deadlocked.

The Nuggets, who lead by 15 points at the break after LeBron James of the Lakers scored 31 points in the opening frame, were paced by Jamal Murray’s 25 points and Aaron Gordon’s 22 points.

After suffering defeats to the Phoenix Suns twice in the second round and the Minnesota Timberwolves three times in the first round, Denver won the series.

The Miami Heat and Boston Celtics are currently leading the Eastern Conference finals 3-0. The winner of that series will determine the top seed for the Western Conference. In NBA history, there has never in a pair of final conference sweeps.

NBA Finals Game 1 is slated on June 1 in either Boston or Denver.

Austin Reaves had 17 points, Dennis Schroder had 13, Rui Hachimura had 10, and Anthony Davis had 21 points and 14 rebounds for Los Angeles.

With a 9-2 rally to start the second half, the Nuggets got within 75-67. With 6:27 left in the third quarter, they closed the gap to 79-78 thanks to a jumper by Murray, and with 4:39 left, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s three-point play gave them the lead 83-81.

Denver was ahead 94-89 going into the fourth, and Jokic had already tallied his triple-double.

With 5:02 left in the game, a putback dunk by Davis for the Lakers knotted it 102-102. Murray, who was fouled while attempting a 3-point shot, converted all three of his free throws, but the Lakers missed their next two attempts.