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Jerami Grant goes off as Nuggets win Game 3

by Steve Alexander
Updated On: September 23, 2020, 11:55 am ET

We only got one game on Tuesday night and it was a pretty good one, as the Lakers overcame a big deficit to make it a game late, but ended up losing to the Nuggets 114-106 in Game 3 as the Nuggets lowered the Lakers’ lead to 2-1.

Nuggets 114, Lakers 106 – The Nuggets got it done on Tuesday in Game 3, winning 114-106 behind the strong play of Jamal Murray, Nikola Jokic and Jerami Grant. If you played Grant in DFS or fantasy, he came through in a big way, racking up a playoff career-high 26 points, three rebounds, one assist and two steals and two 3-pointers on 7-of-11 shooting in one of the best games of his life. Paul Millsap hit just 2-of-8 shots for six points and eight rebounds and Michael Porter Jr. was quiet with nine points and six boards in 22 minutes. Jamal Murray was the man for the Nuggets, nearing a triple-double with 28 points, eight boards and 12 dimes, while Nikola Jokic went off for 22 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer in the win. Gary Harris was a DFS disappointment with just seven points and three assists on 2-of-5 shooting, while Monte Morris came through with 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting. He hit a couple 3-pointers, but the Nuggets were disappointing in fantasy outside of Grant, Jokic and Murray.

The Lakers made a valiant comeback, going on a late 19-2 run to cut the score to 103-99, but couldn’t turn the corner. LeBron James had a fantasy-friendly 30-10-11 triple-double with two steals, two blocks and a 3-pointers, and hit 14-of-23 shots. The guys on TNT said he didn’t play well, but I have a problem arguing with that line score from Bron. Anthony Davis scored 27 after a monster game in Game 2, but added just two rebounds, one assist and a steal on the night. The Lakers were a fantasy bust, outside of James and Davis, as only Rajon Rondo did much, finishing with nine points and eight dimes in the loss. This series just got a little bit interesting, but I still think the Lakers are going to roll to a title in the ‘Year of Kobe.’

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Steve Alexander

Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2020-20 NBA season marks (at least) his 20th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.