At some point, you have to wonder if Anthony Davis has nightmares about Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets at night. Another good game of 33 points, 15 rebounds, three assists and a steal once again came up short, this time in front of Davis’ own fans.

For the third-straight game, the Nuggets watched the Lakers take a double-digit lead early in the game, calmly kept playing basketball and chipped away at the Lakers’ lead until it was gone. Denver deserve a ton of credit for being absolutely unflappable and keeping faith in their players, their coach and their style of basketball.

Game 3 was the Nuggets most complete performance so far, which saw four players score at least 20 points. As usual, Jokic led the way and was just shy of a triple-double with 24 points, 15 rebounds, nine assists and a steal. 


His running mate Jamal Murray once again struggled from the field, shooting 8 of 21 overall, but still produced 22 points, five rebounds, nine assists and a block.

Aaron Gordon led Denver in scoring with 29 points, 15 rebounds, three assists and a steal while making 12 of 18 shots. His energy, knack for offensive rebounds and hard-nosed defense was one of the reasons why the Nuggets were able to come back again.

Michael Porter Jr. was also efficient for the Nuggets, hitting 8 of 16 shots on the way to 20 points, 10 rebounds and three assists.

LeBron James had 26 points, six rebounds and nine assists in the loss, while Austin Reaves worked his ass off to no avail and finished the game with 22 points, five rebounds, three assists and four steals. 

The Lakers have nowhere to hide now. Based on the last three games, the best they can probably hope for is to avoid a sweep by winning Game 4 in LA. However, even that seems unlikely, as the Nuggets have absolutely no fear of the Lakers or any lead that they’re able to muster.