The Los Angeles Lakers fell to 0-4 on the season after a 120-109 loss to the Denver Nuggets. Although Jordan Clarkson scored 30 to match his career high, Denver's balanced scoring attack was too much for Los Angeles to handle.
Clarkson added two assists and three rebounds in addition to his 30 points. The sophomore guard shot an incredible 12-19 from the field in his effort.
Julius Randle and Lou Williams provided support for Clarkson on the offensive end. Randle dropped 16 points and grabbed five rebounds despite a minor eye injury in the second quarter. Williams scored 24 points on the second unit and his 16-19 performance from the free-throw line kept the Lakers in the game. Kobe Bryant scored 11 points in 29 minutes.
Rookie D'Angelo Russell looked more confident on the offensive end, wracking up seven points and six assists despite his 3-11 shooting night.
The Nuggets had six players in double figures with Kenneth Faried leading the way. The power forward contributed 28 points and 15 rebounds. Danilo Gallinari scored 21 and J.J. Hickson added 17 as the Lakers couldn't stop anyone on the defensive end. Will Barton added 10 on the second unit and Gary Harris poured in 11 more. The Lakers let Denver shoot 50.6% from the field and got beat in rebounding (49-41) and assists (30-18) as well.
The Lakers get a couple days off before facing the Brooklyn Nets on Friday.