Wednesday, December 4, 2019
The Los Angeles Lakers ten-game win streak came to an end on Sunday as they fell to Luka Doncic-led Dallas Mavericks, 114-100. That game marked the first of many difficult games for the Lakers this December as they will play only four times at the Staples Center this month. The Lakers will hope to grab a win tonight, though, as they battle the Denver Nuggets in Colorado.
The Nuggets, on the other hand, just recently came off a streak of their own. On Saturday, they lost to the Sacramento Kings in a 100-97 overtime loss, ending their six-game win streak. Tonight’s matchup between the Nuggets and Lakers will mark the first of four times that these two teams will play each other this season.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Lakers and the Nuggets have battled each other a grand total of 203 times in the past as the Nuggets won 77 games while the Lakers went on to grab 126 victories.
Los Angeles Lakers:
-Avery Bradley (leg; 9.6 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 1.8 APG, 48.8 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
-DeMarcus Cousins (knee)
-Quinn Cook (coach’s decision; 5.5 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.6 APG, 43.8 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
-Jared Dudley (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.8 APG, 40.0 FG%, 57.1 3P%)
-Talen Horton-Tucker (G-League)
-Zach Norvell (G-League)
-Kostas Antetokounmpo (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Bol Bol (foot)
-Torrey Craig (coach’s decision; 2.8 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 1.2 APG, 34.1 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Michael Porter (coach’s decision; 3.7 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.4 APG, 44.1 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Jarred Vanderbilt (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.3 APG)
-Vlatko Cancar (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-PJ Dozier (G-League)
The Los Angeles Lakers would have a slight advantage in the first half as they shot forty-nine percent from the field while the Denver team shot forty-four percent. LeBron James scored 13 points which included a three-pointer in the first period. He also had three rebounds and three assists while Anthony Davis earned himself 10 points and seven rebounds.
Former Wizards’ center JaVale McGee contributed with four points while collecting four rebounds and blocking one shot. Danny Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope combined for just four points. Rajon Rondo played the most minutes off the bench as he scored nine points, hitting two three-pointers in the process.
On the other end of the court, Jamal Murray chalked up 11 points on fifty-percent shooting. He also had four rebounds, two assists, and a steal while Paul Millsap had nine points. Gary Harris chalked up four points while Nikola Jokic had three points, one rebound, five assists, and two steals. Jerami Grant played nine minutes off the bench but only had five points as the Lakers went into the locker room with a 60-49 lead.
The Lakers would continue to impress in the second half as they shot forty-two percent from the field, keeping the Nuggets at thirty-seven percent shooting. Davis had 15 more points to go along with three rebounds and a block. He also had a three-pointer while James earned 12 points, three rebounds, and six assists.
As for the home team, Millsap scored 12 more points while Murray and Jokic combined for 21 points. Gary Harris had five points but it was not enough as the Lakers came away with a 105-96 victory. LeBron James finished with 25 points, 6 rebounds, and 9 assists while Jamal Murray had 22 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and one block.
The Los Angeles Lakers will head to Utah to take on Donovan Mitchell (24.5 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 3.6 APG, 43.5 FG%, 36.9 3P%) and the Utah Jazz (12-9) on Wednesday. This will mark the second of four meetings between these two teams this season. The last time they played each other was on October 25 when the Lakers beat the Jazz, 95-86. LeBron James finished that game with 32 points, 7 rebounds, 10 assists, and one steal while Donovan Mitchell had 24 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and one block.
The Denver Nuggets will travel to the Big Apple to battle Marcus Morris (18.7 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.3 APG, 42.4 FG%, 52.4 3P%) and the New York Knicks (4-17) on Thursday. This will mark the first of two times that they will see each other this season.