The Nuggets take advantage of LeBron James’ absence to slow down the Lakers

Without LeBron James, the Lakers Colorado had a lot of work to do to maintain its five-game winning streak, as well as its unbeaten run in 2023. nuggets The Western Conference top seed did everything they could to create a surprise, but they eventually had to surrender their weapons – logically – in time (122-109).

leads Jamal Murray (34 points, 7 rebounds) and Nikola Jokic (14 points, 11 rebounds, 16 assists), Denver raced ahead from start to finish Los Angeles, leading by as many as 20 points in the fourth quarter. The streak is also their 11th straight at home and 13th in 16 games overall…

WHAT TO REMEMBER

Nikola Jokic is perfection personified. And one more. The reigning double MVP, the author of the 87th triple-double of his career, did it without missing a shot, especially: 5/5, 1/1 on 3s and 3/3 on free throws. Willing to force nothing on the scoring and appeal to the Nuggets to change the game, Jamal Murray and his teammates were confident, and the ever-dominant “Joker” gave the impression that he only had 50% of his chances. A true quiet force that never ceases to delight in its presence.

It was too much for Los Angeles. Brave, the Lakers did everything possible to resist the impressive team of the Nuggets. Unfortunately for them, between the absence of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Austin Reaves, Lonnie Walker IV or even Troy Brown Jr., we had to add in the bonus of Patrick Beverley, who came out with a hip injury along the way. , they were reduced to hope for nothing. Especially as you know Darwin Ham’s men were playing their third game there in four days.

TOPS/FLOPS

Jamal Murray. Along with Nikola Jokic, the Canadian really hurt the Lakers tonight. The author of the scoring record for the season with balls (13/29 shooting) in the role of the first offensive option and plenty of time to express himself. We especially note that it was he who led the way to calm down these attempts in the third or fourth quarter. the return From Los Angeles. It was he who allowed Denver to pull away from the score in the second quarter. Therefore, it is a good sign for the future and confirms that the leader is gaining momentum.

Max Christie. In the alternate, Russell Westbrook (25 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists) certainly finished as the Lakers’ best scorer and passer, but he also fumbled the ball a lot (7 turnovers) and he was slow to get into his game. match (2/11 in innings to start). As a result, we prefer to stick with the handsome performance of the youngster from Los Angeles. For his first career, the 35th pick in the last Draft, he was responsible for replacing none other than LeBron James, but he wasn’t deflated by it all. Setting a new personal best (14 points) and enticing the game with its spontaneity.

Dennis Schroeder. He’s had some good outings (averaging 21.4 points through five games and even 26.7 points through three games), but the German was also down last night: 14 points, but 3-of-13 shooting and 0-of-5 3-pointers . Although clumsy and increasingly frustrated as the rally progressed, he deserved to go to the line (8/8 innings) to cap his evening without a hit. Besides, without LeBron James, the Lakers would need something else from their point of view.

NEXT

Denver (27-13) : Reception of the Phoenix, Wednesday to Thursday night (04:00).

Los Angeles (19-22) : Reception of Dallas, Thursday to Friday night (04:00).

Denver / 122 Shots It bounces
Players Minimum Shots 3 points LF He D T p.d party Int bp CT +/- Points Rating
A. Gordon 22 4/8 1/5 0/1 1 9 10 0 2 0 4 4 +6 9 14
Mr. Porter Jr. 26 5/13 2/6 0/0 2 5 7 0 2 1 0 1 +13 12 13
N. Jokic 35 5/5 1/1 3/3 2 9 11 16 2 1 4 1 +10 14 39
J. Murray 36 13/29 5/9 3/4 4 3 7 4 2 2 3 0 +3 34 27
K. Caldwell-Pope 31 6/14 1/5 3/3 1 2 3 3 1 1 1 0 +18 16 14
Z. Nnaci 13 3/5 0/0 0/0 2 1 3 0 3 0 0 2 +3 6 9
B. Brown 27 6/11 3/7 0/0 1 6 7 2 2 0 2 1 +3 15 18
V. Cancar 26 1/4 0/1 0/0 1 3 4 2 2 1 1 0 +7 2 5
I. Smith 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
B. Hyland 20 3/10 2/8 4/4 0 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 +2 12 9
D. Reed 2 0/0 0/0 2/2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 4
C. Brown 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
46/99 15/42 15/17 14 41 55 29 19 7 17 11 122 152
LA Lakers / 109 Shots It bounces
Players Minimum Shots 3 points LF He D T p.d party Int bp CT +/- Points Rating
J. Toscano-Anderson 18 2/4 0/0 1/2 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 5 6
T. Bryant 28 6/14 0/1 5/5 2 8 10 0 1 1 0 0 -15 17 20
P. Beverley 12 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 -3 0 -1
D. Schroeder 34 3/13 0/5 8/8 0 3 3 4 3 2 1 0 -16 14 12
Mr. Christie 26 6/8 2/3 0/0 0 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 -10 14 16
V. Gabriel 19 4/6 1/1 0/0 2 3 5 0 0 0 1 2 -8 9 13
J. Swider 25 2/6 2/5 0/0 0 5 5 3 2 0 0 0 -4 6 10
S. Brown 18 0/3 0/1 0/0 3 4 7 1 1 3 0 0 -2 0 8
D. Jones 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 +2 0 1
R. Westbrook 31 10/21 1/4 4/7 1 6 7 7 2 1 7 0 -9 25 19
K. Nunn 24 6/15 2/7 1/2 1 0 1 1 3 3 2 0 -2 15 8
S. Pippen Jr. 2 2/2 0/0 0/1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 +2 4 4
General 41/93 8/28 19/25 11 33 44 20 14 12 13 2 109 116

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