Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals between the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers averaged 5.23 million viewers on ESPN, making it the largest audience of the playoffs on cable and the second-largest across all networks.

It was the third-largest live sports audience on cable since the NFL Draft in April behind only Monday's two NFL games on ESPN.

Game 7 trailed only last year’s Warriors-Rockets Game 6 (7.33M) as ESPN’s most-watched early round playoff game in the past four years.