Jamal Murray scored 37 points for the Denver Nuggets as they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 119-108 to move one win away from reaching the NBA finals for the first time in their history.
The win gave the Nuggets a 3-0 lead over the Lakers in their best-of-seven Western Conference finals series.
Murray’s teammate Nikola Jokic added 24 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter.
“We kept them at bay for most of the game,” Murray said.
“I just felt like we executed the whole game and hit first.”
Murray scored 30 of his points in the first half to control the Nuggets at the Lakers’ home while he also registered seven rebounds, six assists and a game-high five three-pointers.
The next game is in Los Angeles on Monday (01:30 BST Tuesday) and no team in NBA history has come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series.
“We got to get one, just get one at a time,” said LA Lakers star LeBron James, who scored 23 points in three games.
“Just focus on game four, that’s all you can think about. Obviously, this game is over. We had some opportunities and we didn’t pass.
“It’s a one-game series for us.”
The Miami Heat lead the Boston Celtics, 2-0 in their Eastern Conference finals series through game three last Sunday in Miami (01:30 BST Monday).