Kenneth Faried finished with 32 points and notched 13 rebounds, while Ty Lawson added 30 points and 17 assists to lead the Denver Nuggets to a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, 134-126. The Nuggets had a strong shooting performance, finishing 54-99 (54.5%) from the field, including 14-24 (58.3%) from beyond the arc. Denver (27-34) has won just three of its last 10 games.
Faried finished 14-20, in a solid performance. Other key performers for Denver were Timofey Mozgov with 13 points and 6 rebounds, and Randy Foye with 12 points and 6 assists. Pau Gasol had another strong performance for Los Angeles despite the loss, scoring 27 points on 12-21 shooting from the field and 3-6 from the free throw line.
The Nuggets combined an eFG% of 61.6% with 58.3% 3-point shooting. They are 10-2 this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Lakers, on the other hand, are winless (0-8) when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
Los Angeles (21-42) has now lost three straight games.
Coming up next, the Nuggets square off with the New Orleans Pelicans, who are 25-37 on the year. The Lakers meet the Oklahoma City Thunder, currently 46-16 this season. The Nuggets are 1-1 versus New Orleans this season. The Lakers have lost to Oklahoma City the last two times they have played.