For the first time, the Denver Nuggets will go to the NBA Finals after sweeping the Los Angeles Lakers in a tight Game 4, 111-113.

Established in 1967, the Nuggets only reached the playoffs 29 times. Five of those have them going to the Western Conference Finals. But it all changed today, May 23, when they finally defeated the Lakers to advance to the NBA Finals.

Nikola Jokic, who many argued to be this season’s MVP, posted 30 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists, three blocks, and one steal to fuel the Nuggets past the Lakers. Not only that, but he also broke Wilt Chamberlain’s triple-double record after he notched his eighth triple-double in the playoffs.

In a post-interview with ESPN, the Joker said that the secret to their win was that “they never give up.”

“We don’t give up,” Jokic said. “I’ve been saying this for five years — when we were bad or when we were good — we don’t give up. And that’s what happened today.

“They jumped on us the first half. They were better, more aggressive, scoring easily, and didn’t miss, basically. But in the second half, we turned the page, and everybody stepped up. It was a collective effort. It’s not just one guy.”

With the Lakers eliminated, the Nuggets await the result between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat matchup.  The Celtics are also possibly going to be swept by the Heat as they were also down 3-0.

Not Damaged Goods

Jamal Murray, who described himself as “damaged goods,” was also a massive part of the win after getting some encouraging words from Nuggets coach Mike Malone during Game 3.

Apparently, Murray received word that they were about to trade him because of his injuries. But Malone assured him they would never do that and told him, “You’re ours.”

After posting 30 points in Game 3, Murray went on to add 25 more in Game 4 to help Jokic beat the Lakers by a thread. Aaron Gordon, Michael Porter Jr., and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope were also in double figures.

LeBron Commends Nuggets

Lakers superstar LeBron James showed incredible respect to the team that swept them, especially after defeating the Memphis Grizzlies and the ‘21-’22 NBA champions the Golden State Warriors. The 38-year-old 19x NBA All-Star admitted the Nuggets were the best team he has ever faced as a Laker.

“They have scoring. They have shooting. They have play-making. They have smarts. They have length. They have depth,” James said in the press conference.

“And one thing about their team, when you have a guy like Jokic, who as big as he is but also as cerebral as he is, you can’t really make many mistakes versus a guy like that.”

In Game 1, Denver Nuggets bested the Lakers, 132-126, with Jokic going for a triple-double performance with 34 points, 21 rebounds, and 14 assists. Fans saw a similar result in Game 2, as the Joker yet again went for 23-17-12—another triple-double.

The only game Jokic failed to record double digits in scoring, rebounding, and assists was in Game 3 where he only had 24 points, six rebounds, and eight assists.

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Is This James’ Final Year?

Following the sweep by the Denver Nuggets, LeBron told the press that he had a lot to think about with his career, and many reporters figure out that he may not play for his 21st season.

As per Bleach Report, the Lakers star considers hanging up his jersey this season.

“I got a lot to think about… Just personally, with me moving forward with the game of basketball, I got a lot to think about,” he said.

If this will be LeBron’s final year, he will be going out as a four-time NBA champion, four-time Finals MVP, 1st all-time in scoring, and 1st all-time playoff scoring leader.

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A dime from Lebron James to teammate Thomas Bryant was the “icing on the cake” for him to surpass two all-time leaders in assists during Los Angeles Lakers’ road game against the New York Knicks on February 1.

Before Tuesday’s game, James needed eight assists to pass former Indiana Pacers guard Mark Jackson in the fifth spot on the all-time list. To surpass Phoenix Suns’ Steve Nash in fourth place, he has to get nine dimes.

He finished the game with 28 points, ten rebounds, and 11 assists for his very first triple-double of the season.

The 38-year-old superstar completed the feat in the fourth quarter of the game. He first orchestrated a corner three-point from Troy Brown Jr to pass Jackson. A no-look bounce pass to Bryant down the stretch was the final piece. James recorded his 10,336th assist via a Bryant poster slam and the lead, 95-90.

As for the third place, the Lakers superstar needs to dish out 910 more assists to beat Phoenix Suns’ leader, Chris Paul.

While all eyes are on James, his teammate, Russell Westbrook, recently made the assist leader’s list. He became the tenth all-time assist leader during their matchup against the Brooklyn Nets.

It was not just a double celebration, but a triple one as the Lakers defeated the Knicks 129-123 and improved their record of 24 wins and 28 losses.

Nothing but love

During the post-game interview, James was asked how he felt when he became the 4th all-time in career assists. Known for his ability to make plays, the King explained that his passes would be for nothing without his teammates.

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“It is amazing. Because that’s just, you know, what I love to do and get my guys involved. I try to put the ball on time and on target with my guys throughout the course of my career. 

“With another great group, it allows me to see the space, to see the floor, and be able to get it to ’em and try to get it to ’em with, you know, the right type of pass. 

“But they have to make the shots, and they’ve done a great job of that, not only this season, but all over the course of my career, so it’s pretty cool,” he said.

Record after record

While Lebron James is on his quest to catch up with Paul’s assists, he is also on his way to becoming NBA’s all-time leader in scores.

Prior to facing the Knicks, James only needed 117 points to surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. But because of his 28-point performance, he only needs 89 points to outdo Abdul-Jabbar’s scoring record of 38,387.

Furthermore, James’ recent performance makes him the first NBA player to record a triple-double in his 20th season.


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The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a very creative money-making organization, and deserving players can get paid the highest amount possible.

Aside from their salary in the league, superstars like Stephen Curry, LeBron James, and others also get brand deals. Sponsorships are also on the table.

In a previous blog post, we compared the National Football League (NFL) and the NBA who makes the most money, and when it comes to who has the highest-paid players, the latter won.

According to CNBC, there are three reasons why athletes in NBA get paid so much: “league structure, salary caps, and rules around “guaranteed money” for players.”

As per Bleacher Report’s article, one example is the case of NBA player Joe Johnson. Despite not being a player of the same caliber as Kobe Bryant or Dwayne Wade, he was worth $70 million during his prime years with Atlanta Hawk.

OKBET bettors may remember the 2009-10 season, where Johnson was described as one of the “most coveted free agents.” Despite his decline, analysts expected him to receive a maximum deal.

Bleacher was stunned by how a guard such as Johnson could receive almost the same salary as Bryant and Wade. But that’s how it is in the NBA; your salary will depend on how your team perceives your value and how companies evaluate your popularity.

This ‘22-23 season, here are the top five highest-paid NBA players:

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#1 Stephen Curry – $48 million

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors is cooking not only in the league but also in terms of salary. Currently, the NBA 2021-22 Finals MVP and four-time champion is the highest-paid player in the organization.

Based on ESPN, Curry is expected to earn a whopping $48 million by the end of this season. Last 2017, the greatest shooter of all time signed one of the biggest contract extensions in the history of the NBA—$201 million for five years with the Warriors. James Harden later broke the record by signing with the Philadelphia 76ers for $228 million.

#2 Russell Westbrook – $47 million

Westbrook of the Lost Angeles Lakers, despite not being one of the most explosive players in the league, is still earning more than Lakers superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis. By the end of this season, Russell will receive $47 million in salary, unlike James ($44.4 million) and Davis ($37 million).

He is also playing fewer minutes than Austin Reaves. So why is he earning more? 

It is because of a 208 million contract back when he was still with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Last season, the Lakers owed him $44.1 million, which jumps to $47 million for this new season.

But after this season, Westbrook will only be on a veteran’s minimum. It is expected to be around more than one million dollars.

#3 LeBron James – $44.4 million

Although now, at age 38, James is still considered to be one of the most dominant players in the league. His dominance reflects in his salary, which is $44.4 million.

The four-time NBA champion and the number two all-time scoring leader’s latest salary is from his two-year contract extension with the Lakers, amounting to 85.6 million.

#4 Kevin Durant – $44.1 million

Durant signed a four-year contract with the Brooklyn Nets for $194,219,320. By joining Kyrie Irving in the Nets, the two-time NBA champ is guaranteed to have $189,078,320.

This ‘22-’23 season, he used his dead cap value of $44,119,845 while having a cap hit of $44,124,845.

#5 Bradley Beal – $43.2 million

The Washington Wizard guard signed a five-year max contract valued at $251,019,650. His contract is also an absolute winner due to a 15 percent trade kicker clause. This agreement applies if Beal gets traded without his contract expiring. 

Also, by the ‘23-’24 season, he will earn an annual salary of $46,741,590.


The highest-paid NBA players receive more than $40 million annually. These are the athletes that are considered superstars and can possibly bring their team a title.

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