NBA Recap: Denver Nuggets earn fourth-straight win, defeat Los Angeles Lakers 101-94.


Nov 23, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) goes for a shot in between Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler (21) and center JaVale McGee (34) in the first half of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

It was a very ugly basketball game Sunday night at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. The Denver Nuggets earned their fourth-straight victory, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers via overtime, 101-94. Both teams were missing early looks – easily the ugliest NBA game I’ve ever spectated as both shot sub-40% for the game.

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When Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson was out on the court, they had a +16 point differential. Lawson was easily the star of the game, collecting another double-double with 18 points on 5-of-10 shooting, notching 16 assists and 3 rebounds en route to Denver’s fourth-straight victory.

Wilson Chandler continues to be a consistent scoring option for the Nuggets. In 41 minutes of action Sunday night, Chandler scored a team-high 19 points on 6-of-15 shooting, going 5-of-11 from beyond-the-arc. Chandler also totaled 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block.

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Kobe Bryant is still Kobe Bryant, which means he still has it. The veteran guard played a team-high 43 minutes, scoring 27 points on 10-of-24 shooting, hauling down 6 rebounds to go along with 4 assists. Kobe did miss some clutch shots in crunch time, however.

Kobe’s team shot just 37.1% from the field (33-0f-89), with Kobe making 10 out of those 33 makes. Jeremy Lin had a solid performance backing Bryant, scoring 17 points on 8-of-15 shooting, dishing out five dimes in the losing effort.

Denver themselves had a woeful game from the field, shooting just 37.8%. A win is a win but Denver won’t get by many teams shooting that low of a percentage – exception would maybe be the Philadelphia 76ers.

Besides Lawson and Chandler, three other Nuggets scored in double-figures. Arron Afflalo collected 15 points on 5-of-17 shooting, Timofey Mozgov had 13 points, and Danilo Gallinari scored 10 while hitting a clutch three-pointer late.

The Denver Nuggets (6-7) put their four game winning streak on the line Tuesday night as they play host to the Chicago Bulls. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:00 PM EST, 7:00 PM MST.