(SportsNetwork.com) – The Denver Nuggets have won three straight and will try
to carry that momentum into Sunday night’s tilt with the Los Angeles Lakers at
The Nuggets defeated LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on the road,
then knocked off the Oklahoma City Thunder and New Orleans Pelicans at the
On Friday, the Nuggets squashed the Pelicans, 117-97.
Kenneth Faried had 19 points and eight rebounds to lead the Nuggets. Arron
Afflalo netted 19 points, while Wilson Chandler added 18 points and five
boards for the Nuggets, who have won four out of their last five.
“We played hard. I think we’re turning it around right now,” Denver center
JaVale McGee said.
Danilo Gallinari enjoyed his best scoring game of the season with 17 points.
He missed all of last season with a knee injury and has had trouble getting
back into rhythm.
McGee added 14 and Ty Lawson contributed 11 points and nine assists.
The Nuggets won all four quarters and New Orleans never cut the deficit below
eight in the third. Denver headed into the fourth with a 86-73 margin and the
Nuggets led by as many as 25 in the final frame.
The Nuggets held Anthony Davis to 18 points and nine rebounds.
The Lakers had a two-game road winning streak halted Friday night thanks to a
140-106 drubbing at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks. It was a bad matchup
for LA. The Lakers are last in the NBA in opponents’ scoring and Dallas leads
the league in scoring.
The Mavs put up their highest point total of the season on 51-of-82 (62.2
percent) shooting — including a blistering 18-of-35 (51.4 percent) clip from
beyond the arc.
“Tonight is a setback, but sometimes you take a couple of steps forward before
taking a step back,” said Kobe Bryant. “Sometimes you take a step back before
you can take a couple of steps forward. Tonight was a step back.”
The Lakers shot a decent 44-for-85 (51.8 percent) from the floor, but they
were no match, with Jeremy Lin’s 18 points leading the way. Bryant dropped in
17 points on 6-of-22 shooting.
Jordan Hill had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Carlos Boozer
finished with 12 and Robert Sacre added 10 off the bench.
Wayne Ellington returned to the Lakers after missing six games to be with his
family following the murder of his father. He scored eight points in 12
The Nuggets have won six straight against the Lakers and the two teams have
split their last six regular-season meetings in Los Angeles.