Anthony Davis’ buzzer-beating three-pointer saw the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets 105-103 to go 2-0 up in the Western Conference finals.
Forward Davis scored the Lakers’ final 10 points of the game, with 22 of his total 31 coming in the second half.
Bol Bol who did not feature during his team’s narrow 105-103 loss played in the first 126-114 series loss, the 2.18m basketballer played for 4 minutes and scored 4 points for Denver Nuggets at the Advent Health Arena on Saturday 19/9/2020.
The Lakers wore ‘Black Mamba’ jerseys in tribute to team legend Kobe Bryant, who died in January.
“Special moment for me, special moment for the team,” said Davis, who also finished with nine rebounds.
“Especially in a situation like that trying to go up 2-0 against a special team, who are great competitors and [fought] for the entire 48 minutes.
“To do something like in the jerseys we wore tonight makes it even more special.”
LeBron James added 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who blew a 16-point lead in the third quarter.
Nikola Jokic top-scored for the Nuggets with 30 points with point guard Jamal Murray adding 25.
Jokic had put the Nuggets 103-102 ahead with 20.8 seconds left on the clock, and when the Lakers’ Alex Caruso missed a three-pointer with 6.9 seconds remaining, it looked as though the Nuggets would level the series, before Davis sunk the winner.
“It’s not about making the shot,” said James. “It’s about having the belief with just taking it for one and living with the result.”
Game three of the best-of-seven series takes place on Tuesday 22nd September, 2020 and will continue until the 30th September, 2020.
In the Eastern Conference finals, Miami Heat led the Boston Celtics 2-1 with game four on Wednesday.
It should be noted that Bol Manute Bol was born on November 16, 1999 and is an American professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA) on a two-way contract. He played college basketball for the Oregon Ducks. A son of basketball player Manute Bol, Bol was born in Khartoum, Sudan, but began living in Kansas from a young age. In high school, Bol was considered one of the best players in the class of 2018, having been rated a consensus five-star recruit and earning McDonald’s All-American honors. A center listed at 7 feet 2 inches (2.18 m), he is one of the tallest players in the NBA.
Bol started his high school career at Blue Valley Northwest High School, where he was assigned to the junior varsity team. He transferred to Bishop Miege High School in the middle of the season but remained on junior varsity due to transfer rules. He joined varsity in his second year. As a junior, he moved to Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California, rising in profile as a recruit. In his final season, Bol played for Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada. At the international level, he represents the United States but has never competed for them in FIBA tournaments.
Part of this story is picked from the BBC Sports.