Ty Lawson earned his ninth double-double this season, scoring 20 points and registering 12 assists, to help the Denver Nuggets dominate the Los Angeles Lakers, 137-115. The Nuggets shot 53-99 (53.5%) from the field and controlled the offensive glass with 17 rebounds. Denver (16-17) has won just two of its last 10 games.
Lawson went 7-18 from the field, including 2-7 on 3-point attempts. Other key players for Denver included Nate Robinson with 21 points and 5 rebounds, Timofey Mozgov with 20 points and 7 rebounds, and Kenneth Faried with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Pau Gasol had another quality performance for Los Angeles in the loss, scoring 25 points on 10-22 shooting from the field and 5-6 from the free throw line. He also tallied 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks.
Along with their eFG% of 59.6%, the Nuggets connected at a rate of 41.4% from 3-point range. On the season, they are undefeated (5-0) when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Lakers are winless (0-3) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
This drops Los Angeles (14-20) to 0-2 versus Denver on the season.
Coming up, the Nuggets take on the Boston Celtics, who are 13-21 on the season. The Lakers match up against the Dallas Mavericks, currently sitting at 19-15 this year. The Nuggets are 0-1 versus Boston this season. The Lakers have a 0-1 record against Dallas this season.