Denver Nuggets Explode In Win over Lakers, 137-115

Jan 5, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (35) dunks the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second period at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Nuggets scored a season-high 137 points en route to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday night at the Staples Center, 137-115. Nate Robinson came off of the bench hot, knocking down 7-of-11 shots while going 3-for-5 behind-the-arc. Nate would also collect 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals; earning a plus/minus rating of +16. Evan Fournier was solid off of the bench as well, hitting 5-of-10 from the field with two three-pointers, collecting 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists.

Ty Lawson did an excellent job of creating shots for himself and others as the guard would score 20 points while shooting 7-of-18 from the field with two three-pointers. Lawson would go a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe as he would collect a double-double with 12 assists and a steal. Timofey Mozgov was another key contributor off the bench for Denver as the seven-footer would score 20 points, 8-of-10 from the field with 7 rebounds and 2 steals. Lakers power-forward Paul Gasol would have the Nuggets number however, scoring 25 points while going 10-of-22 from the field. Gasol would notch a double-double as well, collecting 10 rebounds with 5 assists and 3 blocks.

Denver’s starting line-up played exceptionally well as four starters scored in double-figures. Kenneth Faried would go 7-of-13 from the field with a double-double of his own. The Manimal would score 17 points with 13 rebounds, also adding 2 blocks. Wilson Chandler was very efficient, going 6-of-10 from the field, including 3-of-6 from downtown. Will would score 17 points while collecting 2 steals. Randy Foye would have a surprise game, shooting 60% percent from the field with two three’s. Foye collected 14 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists.

Jodie Meeks and Nick Young gave the Nuggets fits all night. Meeks would shoot 8-for-15 from the field going a perfect 7-of-7 from the line, finishing with 23 points. Young would shoot 8-for-15 as well, as he went a perfect 4-for-4 from the line with 21 points. Denver was huge on the boards, out-rebounding the Lakers by a +20 margin, 58-to-38. Denver would dominate the Lakers on the offensive glass collecting 17 to Los Angeles’s 9.

The Denver Nuggets earned their second-straight win to find themselves at 16-17 on the season. Denver will be at home Tuesday night to host the Boston Celtics. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:00 PM ET, 7:00 PM MT.

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