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James, Lakers beat Nuggets in game five to reach NBA finals

LeBron James is going to a 10th NBA finals – and for the first time in a decade, so are the Los Angeles Lakers.

James punctuated his 27th post-season triple-double with a big fourth quarter, powering the Lakers to a 117-107 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday (AEST) to win the western conference finals in five games.

LeBron James celebrates making it to the NBA finals.

LeBron James celebrates making it to the NBA finals.Credit:Getty Images

James finished with 38 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists to become the fourth player to reach 10 NBA finals. It took him two seasons to make it with the Lakers, after falling short of the playoffs in an injury-plagued first season following eight consecutive trips with Miami and Cleveland.

The Lakers will face either Miami or Boston in their 32nd NBA finals appearance, the most in league history. They haven’t played for the title since beating the Celtics in 2010 for the last of their 16 titles.

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