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James, Lakers eye 2-0 lead in West final

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The bigger story wasn't how the Los Angeles Lakers manhandled the Denver Nuggets in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Friday near Orlando. The displeasure of LeBron James over the MVP voting and the distance between his second-place vote tally and that of winner Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks took center stage after the game.

"It pissed me off," said James, who had 15 points, 12 assists and six rebounds in the Lakers' 126-114 win over the Nuggets. "That's my true answer. It pissed me off because out of 101 votes, I got 16 first-place votes. That's what pissed me off more than anything."

The Nuggets had better hope James doesn't take his anger out on them when he and his Lakers resume their bid for a championship in Game 2 on Sunday. In the opener, Denver held James to 15 points, but Anthony Davis had 37 points and 10 rebounds as the Lakers used a second-quarter surge to take control and roll past the Nuggets.

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