Denver sweeps the Lakers

THE LAKERS were eliminated in the NBA Western Conference finals in losing four straight to the Denver Nuggets (Shutterstock).

A 15-point lead at halftime wasn’t enough as the Los Angeles Lakers lost 113-111 to the Denver Nuggets Monday night and were swept in four games in the NBA Western Conference finals.

The Nuggets will now go to the NBA Finals for the first time in team history.

The Lakers had a chance to tie the score with seconds to play when LeBron James drove to the basket only to have his shot partially blocked.

James scored 40 points and had 10 rebounds for LA and Anthony Davis scored  21 and grabbed 14 caroms. For Denver, Nikola Jokic scored 30 points, had 14 rebounds, made 13 assists and blocked three shots.

The Nuggets will face the winner of the Eastern Conference finals. The Miami Heat have a 3-0 lead over the Boston Celtics with Game Four on Tuesday.

Dodgers win clash of leaders, 8-6

The team with the best records in the National League clashed in Atlanta Monday night and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Braves 8-6.

J.D. Martinez had four hits and two home runs, while Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning as the Blue Crew improved its record to 30-19 and lead the National League West by 1.5 games over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Braves are 29-18 and lead the NL East by 4.5 games over a surging New York Mets team that’s won five straight.

The series continues on Tuesday, with Bobby Miller, up from the minors, making the start for LA.

Angels edge Red Sox on Moniak homer

An eighth inning solo home run by Mickey Moniak lifted the Los Angeles Angels to a 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox Monday night in Anaheim.

It was the team’s third victory in four games

With the win, the Halos are 26-23 and remain in third place in the American League West, four games out of first and two games out of a wild card slot. Jaime Barria gave the Angels five strong scoreless innings, striking out six batters.

The Halos will meet the Bosox (26-22) again on Tuesday with Griffin Canning starting for the Orange County team.

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