Lakers were so close but Jerami Grant helped Nuggets hold on

Nuggets forward Jerami Grant drives for a layup against Lakers guard Rajon Rondo during the second half of Game 3 on Tuesday night.  (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press) Even as they were forced to come to grips with the pain of a last-second defeat in Game 2, the Denver Nuggets refused to give in to the forces going against them, namely the heavily favored Lakers, in the Western Conference finals. Even as they saw a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter dip to three tenuous points, the Nuggets stood firm when the…

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