The Los Angeles Lakers looked to get back on track after losing four of their last five games. Lonzo Ball notching a triple-double in a 127-109 victory over the Denver Nuggets would do just that Sunday night.
Kyle Kuzma started the game scoring five points in four minutes but was taken out after missing a defensive assignment. Mike Trudell said on Spectrum Sportsnet telecast that Luke said, “[Kuzma] has no problem offensively, but he has to worry about his overall game.”
Another player that start the game hot was Julius Randle. Randle came off the bench dominated on both ends of the floor, scoring whenever he wanted while protecting the rim against the Nuggets. He ended the night 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists in his first 30-plus minute game of the season.
The Lakers went on a 22-2 run during the second quarter to take a 24-point lead. To add insult to injury, Nuggets head coach Mike Malone, and Nikola Jokic, were ejected from the game after Malone stepped onto the court while the Lakers were trying to get out on the break.
Jokic seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. While he was complaining, it looked more like his coach deserved three techs instead of each person getting two.
By halftime, Lonzo had nine points, eight rebounds and seven assists, well on his way to his second triple-double of his young career. The Lakers went into halftime leading 70- 48.
The Nuggets connected on back-to-back three-point baskets from Wilson Chandler to start the third quarter. Brook Lopez got the Lakers settled back down by hitting a jumper, getting a dunk and assisting Kuzma on a hook shot.
Still, the Nuggets chipped away at the lead by using their outside shooting as their primary weapon. Denver cut the lead to 15 points by the end of the third.
Lonzo poked in a one-handed alley-oop to reach 11 points, then would hit Randle for a three-pointer for his 10th assist while continually pulling down rebounds through the end of the night. Both teams traded baskets through the fourth quarter, ending with the Lakers cruising to their 127-109 victory.