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Lakers Power Past Nuggets in Western Conference Duel

Lakers vs Nuggets December 3 2019

The Los Angeles Lakers came into the game off of a lose to the Dallas Mavericks after going on an impressive 10 game winning streak while the Nuggets were coming off a disappointing loss to the Kings after winning 6 straight.  This was a potential postseason matchup that had a real playoff feel.

Los Angeles Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers

105

Denver Nuggets

96

Denver Nuggets

There were only 3 lead changes in this entire game,  but the game was bit closer than it may seem with only 3 lead changes and a 9 point differential between the 2 teams.

The biggest lead of the entire night was only 13 points when The Lakers were taking off about halfway through the game.  At the end of the 2nd quarter and beginning of the 3rd,  it looked as if the Lakers might run away with the game,  but the Nuggets managed to keep it close and even briefly took the lead back halfway through the 3rd quarter.

Here is a visual graphic of the flow of the game thanks to NBA.com:

Lakers vs Nuggets game flow graphic

The Lakers were led in scoring by LeBron James and Anthony Davis who both had 25 points.  Lebron got his 25 on 9 of 18 shooting from the field and 1 of 4 shooting from downtown.  James added 6 rebounds and 9 assists,  and he was also a perfect 4/4 from the free-throw line.

Anthony Davis got his 25 shooting 9 of 18 from the field as well and 1/3 from three point range.  Davis had 10 boards,  an assist,  and a block.

The Nuggets were led in scoring by Jamal Murray who had 22 points on 8 of 17 shooting from the field.  Murray missed all 3 of his three point attempts,  but added 5 rebounds,  5 assists,  2 steals,  and block.

Paul Millsap was right behind Murray in scoring with 21 points shooting 8 of 14 from the field and 2 of 3 from downtown.  Millsap also contributed 8 rebounds,  2 assists,  1 steal,  and 1 block.

The Lakers continue their impressive start to the season and move to 18-3 while the Nuggets drop to 13-5.  From the looks of it,  we could see these face off in the playoffs and it would be an exciting series to watch!

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