The Denver Nuggets defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 132-126 in the first game of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night. Nikola Jokic led the way with his sixth triple-double of the playoffs, scoring 34 points, grabbing 21 rebounds, and dishing out 14 assists. Jamal Murray also contributed with 31 points. Despite a slow start, Anthony Davis scored 40 points and had 10 rebounds, while LeBron James finished with 26 points, 12 boards, and nine assists. Austin Reaves added 23 points for the Lakers. The Nuggets led by as many as 21 points but the Lakers cut the deficit to three points twice in the fourth quarter. Game 2 is on Thursday night at Ball Arena.