Denver Nuggets marquee duo of Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray score 23 and 25 points respectively to beat Western Conference Giants LA Lakers. With Utah Jazz and LA Clippers both winning their games, the Lakers have stumbled to win their latest encounter. On the contrary, they have lost this particular game by a 17-point margin. LeBron James led the LA Lakers scoring 22 points double-double. He fell 1 assist short of a triple-double. While Anthony Davis has reportedly suffered from an Achilles issue and has to undergo MRI scan.
Jokic and Murray led the Nuggets in a dominating way, which saw only them be outscored by a single point in the 4th quarter during the entire game. While Jokic and Murray combining well for the home team. LA Lakers could not replicate the same from their marquee duo. While Kyle Kuzma added 19. Whereas LA Lakers’ Montrezl Harrell, Horton-Tucker, Dennis Schroder and Alex Caruso all found it difficult to get on the scoring team with big numbers.
Jamal Murry and Nikola Jokic lead Nuggets past LA Lakers
Nikola Jokic scored a triple-double for the home team with 23 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists. The spotlight was on the showdown between Jokic and LeBron James, who are both among the favorites in the NBA MVP race. LeBron had 22 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, but the Lakers’ seven-game win streak ended.
Entering the game, Davis was questionable with what was described as right Achilles’ tendinosis. He missed two contests due to the ailment before returning in a win over Memphis previously. This was meeting No. 2 of the season between the teams that advanced to the Western Conference finals last season. In the first contest on February 4, the LA Lakers trailed by 12 points in the third quarter before going on a big run to take control. They outscored the Nuggets 68-35 in the second half for a a 114-93 win.
This time, the 3rd quarter wasn’t an issue. Denver outscored the Lakers 30-24 in the third to open a comfortable lead and stretched it to as many as 21 in the fourth.