Nuggets head coach throws subtle shade at Lakers and refs after Game 4 loss

Peter Dewey
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The Los Angeles Lakers took a commanding 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference Finals with a 114-108 victory over the Denver Nuggets in Game 4.

After the game, Nuggets head coach Mike Malone was not happy with the officiating and made it clear that he felt the Lakers got more calls.

The Lakers had presented their case to the league after Game 3 about LeBron James’ lack of free throws.

Malone feels that the Nuggets may need to do that prior to Game 5.

Los Angeles went 28-for-35 from the free-throw line in Game 4, while Denver only attempted 23 free throws, making 20.

Most importantly, Anthony Davis and James attempted 14 free throws each for the Lakers.

Malone may be alluding to the preferential treatment of those two star players as another reason why he is upset with the officials.

In comparison, Jamal Murray attempted the most free throws for Denver, as he took and made eight attempts from the line.

The Nuggets have come back from two 3-1 deficits earlier this postseason and will need to channel that magic again in the Western Conference Finals.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.