LOS ANGELES — — Anthony Davis scored 25 factors and had key performs on each ends of the ground within the last minute because the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers snapped a three-game dropping streak with a 93-89 victory over the Denver Nuggets Monday evening.
The Lakers led by 14 factors halfway by way of the fourth quarter earlier than the Nuggets received inside 89-87 with a late rally. Davis hit a jumper with 41.8 seconds remaining to offer the Lakers a four-point lead. Nikola Jokic hit a pair of free throws to chop it in half however Talen Horton-Tucker hit a reverse layup with 15.1 seconds left to push the benefit as much as 93-89.
After a Denver timeout, Davis blocked Facundo Campazzo’s 3-point try to finish any hopes of a Nuggets’ comeback and finish their five-game successful streak.
The Lakers — who had misplaced six of their final seven going into the sport — received with out two key items. LeBron James didn’t play within the second recreation of a back-to-back after he ankle soreness through the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss Toronto. Dennis Schröder can be out greater than every week after coming into the NBA’s well being and security protocol.
Jokic led the Nuggets with 32 factors and Michael Porter Jr. added 19.
Los Angeles was up by 5 going into the fourth quarter when it began interval on a 13-4 run with Wesley Matthews main the best way with eight factors, together with a pair of 3-pointers.
The Nuggets trailed 87-73 with 6:09 remaining once they rallied with a 14-2 run. Porter Jr. had 9 factors, together with a working layup to get them inside a basket with 1:37 remaining, and Jokic equipped the opposite 5.
The Nuggets led many of the first half, however the Lakers closed the second quarter on an 11-3 run, together with six factors by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, to enter halftime with a 45-42 benefit.
A pair of Jokic free throws gave the Nuggets a 56-55 lead halfway by way of the third quarter when the Lakers responded with a 9-2 spurt to go up by six.
Nuggets: G PJ Dozier was injured in early within the fourth quarter. He was taken to the locker room with left hip tightness and didn’t return. … With Portland’s loss, Denver is assured of ending within the high six within the convention and won’t have to fret concerning the Play-In Event. … JaVale McGee acquired his 2020 NBA champions ring from the Lakers earlier than the sport. McGee signed with Cleveland through the offseason and was traded to Denver on March 25. This was his first journey again to Staples Heart this season. He had eight of his 10 factors within the second quarter.
Lakers: Marc Gasol, who had not performed in two of the previous three video games, entered within the second half and performed 17 minutes. He had 10 factors with all three of his subject objectives coming from the perimeter. … Alex Caruso began for the second straight recreation and scored 11 factors.
Nuggets: Host the Knicks on Wednesday.
Lakers: Would be the visiting group in opposition to the Clippers at Staples Heart on Thursday.