Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets to a 132-126 victory over the Lakers, giving them a 1-0 lead in the Western Conference series.
The Nuggets had an impressive 6-0 record at home during the postseason.
The Lakers had previously won Game 1 on the road in their last two series.
Despite being down by as many as 21 points, the Lakers managed to trim the lead to three in the final minutes.
Rui Hachimura's defensive efforts in the last quarter had a significant impact on limiting Jokic's dominance.
Jokic still had an outstanding performance, finishing the game with 34 points, 21 rebounds, and 14 assists.
Jamal Murray contributed 31 points for the Nuggets, while Bruce Brown provided a strong boost off the bench with 16 points.
Anthony Davis led the Lakers' scoring with 40 points, putting up a competitive performance against Jokic.
LeBron James had 26 points and nine assists, but Austin Reaves emerged as a late-game standout for the Lakers.
Reaves made crucial plays and accumulated 23 points, 11 of which were scored in the fourth quarter, along with eight assists.
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