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Recap: Lakers defeat Nuggets to advance to the NBA Finals

The Lakers advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in a decade with their win over the Denver Nuggets in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.

The Lakers celebrate after winning Game 5.
(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

The Lakers advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in a decade on Saturday with their 117-107 win over the Denver Nuggets in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.

The Lakers will play the winner of the Eastern Conference finals between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics. The Heat lead the series, 3-2, heading into Sunday’s Game 6.