On September 25, Beijing time, the NBA playoffs opened in the fifth game of the Western Conference Finals. The Lakers and the Nuggets started the offensive mode early. The three champions James, Davis and Howard scored 44 points in the first two quarters, leading the Lakers to win once. 12 points advantage, but the Nuggets counterattack in the first half led by only 5 points 60-55.
Lakers: James 14 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists, Davis 19 points and 3 steals, Howard 11 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal, Danny Green 2 rebounds, Pope 3 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist, Kuzma 10 points, Caruso had 3 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist and 1 steal. Rondo had 3 assists and 1 rebound.
Nuggets: Grant 10 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist, Millsap 4 rebounds and 2 assists, Jokic 10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals, Harris 3 points, Murray 16 points and 4 assists, Monte Morris 4 points and 3 Assists, Porter 7 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist.
The Lakers adjusted the starting lineup and replaced McGee as the starting center with Howard. After all, he did a better job in limiting Jokic. Jokic scored the first goal of the game with a hook, and then Davis and Murray started a crazy attack mode, especially Davis swept the Lakers' first 6 sports goals. He scored 12 points in 6 of the first 6 and was once eye-catching. Even if he was hit by Grant, he could make a single-eye shot, and James also made two free throws.
Howard dunks and tipped for 4 points, James also hit an 8-point advantage, Craig dunks, James made a three-pointer and Davis made two free throws, Murray shot and Grant three-pointer chasing, Howard hit the inside again Two goals, Murray also scored consecutive points, Grant also scored 2 points to catch up with only 4 points. James led a wave of 8-2 offensive with penalties. The Lakers have led by 10 points. The Nuggets chased by 3 points. Kuzma missed a three-pointer at the buzzer and the Lakers led 37-30 in the first quarter.
In the beginning of the second quarter, James took the lead in throwing a shot, Monte Morris responded with a layup, Kuzma assisted Caruso with a three-pointer and added a basket, and the Lakers had a 12-point advantage to stop the opponent. Porter scored a three-pointer with Jokic, Kuzma scored a three-pointer, and Porter responded with a three-pointer to force the Lakers to stop. Back in the game, Kuzma continued to score three points, Davis scored 2 points to get a 12-point advantage, Jokic three-pointer and Porter layup scored 5 points, Davis made three free throws, Grant The counterattack dunks to catch up to 8 points.
James counterattacked and scored a layup. The Lakers didn't score in 1 and a half minutes. Murray led a 6-0 offensive to catch up to only 4 points. Howard dunked 2+1 to stop the bleeding, Jokic scored 2 points in return with a hook. At the end of the first half, the Lakers were chased to only lead by 5 points 60-55.
詹姆斯反击并上篮得分。湖人队在1分半钟内没有得分。穆雷（Murray）发起6-0进攻，仅追上4分。霍华德以2 + 1扣篮制止流血，约基奇（Jokic）用勾手拿下2分。上半场结束时，湖人队只以60-55领先5分。
Nuggets: Murray, Harris, Grant, Millsap, Jokic
Lakers: James, Pope, Green, Davis, Howard