Wesley Johnson dunk.

Lakers couldn’t close out in 4th, lose in OT to Nuggets 101-94

(Photo: Screen shot of TWC Sportsnet telecast)

The game was there for the taking for the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night but they went cold in the final 3 minutes of regulation, going 0 for 6 from the field in that span and end up losing 101 to 94 in overtime to the Denver Nuggets. 

The Nuggets took control of the game in overtime, outscoring the Lakers 15 to 8 to secure their 4th win in a row and 5th in their last 6 games.

“Although we didn’t start out the way we wanted to, we’re starting to get it now, especially on the defensive end, Brian Shaw said following the game. “The guys are buying in, we’re getting the results that we’re looking for, and it’s starting to be fun again.”

The Nuggets held the Lakers to 37.1 percent shooting from the field and a woeful 12.5 percent from 3.

Kobe Bryant started hot from the field early but faded in the 2nd half. Bryant shot 4 for 14 in the 4th quarter and overtime combined; he finished with a game high 27 points on 10 for 24 overall from the field.

“Kobe’s going to get his shots, he’s going to get his attempts, and we know that,” Coach Shaw said. “We just wanted to make him work hard for everything that he gets, and work hard on the defensive end so that he doesn’t just have a night off at that end and can spend all of his energy just on the offensive side.”

The Nuggets were leaned on their point guard Ty Lawson who finished with 18 points and a game high 16 assists. Wilson Chandler led the Nuggets in scoring on the night, finishing with 19 points.

The Lakers were a bit shorthanded with Carlos Boozer missing the game due to a strained left shoulder and then losing his fill-in Ed Davis in the 3rd quarter due to fouling out. Davis scored 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes before fouling out and leaving to the locker room which was later learned to be due to a turned right ankle.

Jeremy Lin scored 17 points and dished out 5 assists. Robert Sacre took advantage of increased playing time with Boozer out by scoring 13 points in 18 minutes.

Nick Young had his 2nd poor shooting game in a row, ending the night 2 for 12 from the field and with 7 points.

Wesley Johnson got the Staples Center crowd riled up in the 4th with a monstrous fast break dunk that he put down on Danilo Gallinari.

Johnson’s dunk and made free throw put the Lakers up 85-82 with 3 minutes and 15 seconds to play in the 4th quarter.

With the Lakers down 96-92 and 12 seconds remaining in overtime Kobe takes a long 3 point shot to attempt to get them back in the game but shots misses and Ty Lawson nabs the defensive rebound to secure the game.

The loss drops the Lakers record to 3-11 on the season. Only the 3-10 Philadelphia 76ers and 3-12 Oklahoma City Thunder keep the Lakers from the bottom of the NBA.

The Lakers will host the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.


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