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The Los Angeles Lakers put up more of a fight on Friday against the Denver Nuggets, but no avail, losing 134-126. Pau Gasol had yet another solid offensive game, scoring 27 points to lead the Lakers. Ryan Kelly and Jordan Farmar chipped in 24 points a piece off the bench.
Here is the recap of the game from Lakers’ beat writers on Twitter, reaction from the fans and photos of fans from the game on Instagram:
Los Angeles Lakers at Denver Nuggets
6:00 PM Pacific time / 9:00 PM Eastern Time
Pepsi Center in Denver, CO
TV: Local: TWC Deportes, TWC Sportsnet (Los Angeles), Altitude (Denver) National: NBA league Pass
Line: Los Angeles Lakers -10
Los Angeles Lakers: 21-41, 15th in the Western Conference
Denver Nuggets: 26-34, 11th in the Western Conference
Record vs. each other (2013-14 season): Nuggets are 2-0 versus the Lakers this season Continue reading
The Los Angeles Lakers had the odds stacked against them going into Denver to play the Nuggets who have only lost in their arena 3 times in 26 games. Making matters worse for the Lakers, they came in on the 2nd night of a back to back. The Denver Nuggets got up early, extending their lead as many as 18 points. The Denver Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night, 119-108.
The Lakers had no answer for the Denver Nuggets defensively. The Nuggets shot 56% from the field and scored an astonishing 78 points in the paint. The Nuggets’ high point total in the paint was due, in part, to the 33 fast break points, also an eye catching figure.
Kobe Bryant once again led the Lakers in scoring with 29 points and dished out 8 assists. Dwight Howard scored 14 points and pulled down 14 rebounds but was horrid from the free throw line, missing 11 of his 14 shots from the line. Steve Nash chipped in 16 points on an efficient 6 of 8 shooting.
The Los Angeles Lakers waste a 26 rebound performance from Dwight Howard and a well balanced offensive attack with 6 players scoring in double figures. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers in scoring with 29 points.
The Denver Nuggets as usual got contributions from a variety of players. Ty Lawson led the Nuggets in scoring with 21 points and 10 assists. The Nuggets’ bench outscored the Lakers bench 43 to 23, with Javale McGee leading the way with 17 points.
Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Lakers
6:30 PM Pacific time / 9:30 PM Eastern Time
Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Local: TWC Sportsnet, TWC Deportes National: NBA League Pass
Line: Los Angeles Lakers -4.5
Los Angeles Lakers: 15-17, 11th in the Western Conference
Denver Nuggets: 19-16, 8th in the Western Conference
Record vs. each other (2012-13 season): Series is tied 1-1 this season. Continue reading
The Lakers came in feeling good riding a 5 game winning streak and a Christmas Day win against a good New York Knicks team. That good feeling only lasted 1 day as they fall to the Nuggets 126-114.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers in scoring with 40 points and that extended his streak of consecutive games of scoring 30 or more to 10 games.