The Los Angeles Lakers, fresh off a three-game road trip, came into Sunday’s game against the Denver Nuggets looking to get their home stand started on a good note but failed to beat the Nuggets in overtime.
Kobe Bryant got the Lakers going in the first half with 11 points and five rebounds, but his team trailed by two at the half. Lawson had eight points and eight assists by halftime.
Both teams were slow out the gates on the offensive end, as the first half ended 41-39. However, the offense picked up in the third quarter. The Lakers outscored the Nuggets 36-31 in the third frame and took a three-point lead to the fourth quarter, where the offense slowed down again.
The Lakers couldn’t find a basket to start the final period, as their first field goal came three minutes and 27 seconds into the quarter. The Nuggets failed to capitalize on the Lakers’ cold shooting, as their offense was stagnant as well. Both teams kept going back-and-forth in the fourth, resulting into the Nuggets outscoring the Lakers 14-11 to send it to overtime.
With the game tied at 86, the Lakers had the ball and a chance to win the game in regulation with 15 seconds remaining. Kobe held the ball in his hands and took a shot at the end of the clock and missed. Fortunately for the Nuggets, they grabbed Kobe’s miss with just 0.5 seconds left and called a timeout. After the timeout, Denver was unable to inbound the ball, as Danilo Gallinari travelled on the inbounds pass. He was not allowed to move but shuffled his feet, so the referees gave the ball back to the Lakers.
With 0.5 still on the clock, the Lakers called a timeout and inbounded the ball to Nick Young who fired up a 30-foot three point jumper and missed, thus sending the game to an extra period.
The back-and-forth affair continued in overtime until the 1:49 mark, where Gallinari went to the line to shoot two costless throws. He made the first and missed the second, but the Nuggets grabbed the offensive rebound, which resulted into a three-point make by Gallinari to give the Nuggets a four-point lead with 1:28 remaining.
The Lakers were unable to overcome the four-point deficit and lost by a final score of 101-94. Los Angeles came into this game without their starting power forward, Carlos Boozer. Additionally, Ed Davis got fouled out early in the fourth quarter, which hurt the Lakers' depth at the four spot for the rest of the game.
Surprisingly, this was a poor offensive display by both teams, as each team shot under 38 percent from the field. The game was extremely close for the most part as no team led by more than seven points. However, the Nuggets out-rebounded the Lakers 57-50, which contributed to their win.
The Lakers were led by Kobe Bryant’s 27 points, six rebounds, and four steals. Jordan Hill recorded his sixth straight double-double, scoring 11 points and snatching 14 rebounds. Jeremy Lin had another solid game with 17 points and five assists.
Nick Young struggled mightily in this game, scoring just seven points on 2-of-12 shooting. Robert Sacre, unexpectedly, led the Lakers bench with 13 points.
Wilson Chandler had a team-high 19 points, including 5-of-11 from beyond the arc to go along with eight rebounds. Ty Lawson put up a double-double with 18 points and 16 assists. He controlled the game with his dominant passing. Timofey Mozgov did some damage as well with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
The Nuggets extend their winning streak to four, and they also own a seven-game winning streak against the Lakers. Denver improves to a 6-7 record, as the Lakers drop to 3-11.
The Lakers will get a couple of days off and then host the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, November 26. The Nuggets will head back home to take on the shorthanded Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, November 25.