In their first game in the dreaded month of December, the Los Angeles Lakers couldn’t steal one on the road against against a hobbled Denver Nuggets team, losing 115-100 after falling apart in the final four minutes of the game. The purple and gold were outscored 37-20 in the fourth quarter.
The Lakers turned the ball over 21 times, leading to 21 points off of turnovers for the Nuggets. The Lakers also couldn’t get it going from behind the arc yet again, missing 21 of their 30 three-point attempts. Josh Hart, who had himself a nice game, led the Lakers with three made three-pointers on four attempts, tying a career-high 9 points. He also added three rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block.
Jamal Murray was the man for Denver on Saturday, pouring on 28 points on the Lakers on five-of-eight shooting from the three-point line. The Nuggets, as a team, shot just below 40 percent from deep (38.7) which kept them in the game all night.
Trey Lyles, who hasn’t seen the floor much this season, also had himself quite the game, scoring a season-high 18 points. The Nuggets acquired Lyles on draft night after trading Donovan Mitchell, who scored 41 points against the Clippers on Friday, so I guess you can say the trade was pretty even.
With a loss tonight, the Lakers drop 8-14, with the Houston Rockets on the schedule Sunday. The Rockets are coming off of a three-days rest and currently hold the best record in the Western Conference (17-4). Tip-off is 5 p.m. PST.