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Lakers snuff out Nuggets’ magic, clinch Western Conference title for the first time in more than a decade

A 6-1 record in elimination games says a lot about a team. It calls to mind multiple nights of long odds and demented comebacks, and crafts a reputation as a “tough out,” to say the least. But it also means the magic eventually came to an end. That was the fate of the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, and with it comes the Los Angeles Lakers’ first trip to the NBA Finals since the last time Kobe Bryant hoisted the Larry O’Brien Trophy in 2010. After a one-season hiatus, LeBron James is back in the NBA Finals for the ninth time in the last 10 years. Getting there required a 38-point triple-double against the ravenous Nuggets. On the receiving end of three of those was Anthony Davis (27 points), including this full-court beauty.

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