The Nuggets' dominant victory against the reigning champions was largely fueled by Aaron Gordon and Nikola Jokic. Jokic's unmatched playmaking and scoring abilities were evident throughout the game, but Gordon's adaptability and defensive toughness gave Denver a significant advantage. Known for his agility and defensive skills, Gordon also showed his offensive dynamite, scoring vital points when the club most needed them. His ability to attack the rim and extend the field gave the Nuggets' offence a fresh facet that kept the Lakers' defence guessing.