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Denver 129, L.A. Lakers 118
When: 3:30 PM ET, Sunday, April 3, 2022
Where: Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles, California
Officials: #27 Mitchell Ervin, #52 Scott Twardoski, #14 Ed Malloy
Attendance: 18997

Nikola Jokic had 38 points and 18 rebounds, Will Barton scored 25 points, and the visiting Denver Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Lakers 129-118 on Sunday.

Los Angeles (31-47), which was without LeBron James due to a sore ankle, has lost six straight games.

Aaron Gordon had 24 points, DeMarcus Cousins scored 14 and Bones Hyland and Davon Reed added 10 apiece for the Nuggets (47-32). Denver moved into first place in the Northwest Division by a half-game over Utah and is currently the fifth seed in the Western Conference.

Anthony Davis had 28 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, Russell Westbrook added 27 points and 10 rebounds, Carmelo Anthony scored 17, Malik Monk had 11 and Avery Bradley finished with 10 for the Lakers, who are in 11th place in the West and in jeopardy of missing the play-in round.

Los Angeles trailed by a point after three quarters but went ahead 99-98 on a 3-pointer from Anthony. Cousins scored six of the next eight Nuggets points to give them a 106-104 lead.

After a Davis miss, Barton hit a corner 3-pointer and Jokic a jumper to make it 111-104. Talen Horton-Tucker scored for the Lakers but Jokic made a bank shot, Reed stole the inbounds pass and made two free throws and Monte Morris had a steal that led to a pair of foul shots for a 117-106 lead with 4:46 left.

Another 3-pointer from Barton gave Denver a 120-110 lead with 3:42 left. Los Angeles cut it to six on two free throws by Westbrook, but the Lakers missed five of six field goals and the Nuggets held on.

The Lakers led by nine in the second quarter but Denver rallied. Barton's three free throws with 0.8 seconds left gave the Nuggets a 62-61 lead at halftime.

The Lakers opened the second half on a 15-7 run to lead 76-69 lead, but Denver answered with a 9-2 run to tie it at 78. Los Angeles went back in front by four on a three-point play by Davis, but the Nuggets again answered to lead by four and eventually 95-94 heading into the fourth quarter.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Denver   L.A. Lakers
Nikola Jokic 38 Scoring Anthony Davis 28
Monte Morris 10 Assists Anthony Davis 8
Nikola Jokic 18 Rebounds Russell Westbrook 10
Nikola Jokic 8 Free Throws Made Anthony Davis 6
Monte Morris 3 Steals Anthony Davis 2
Nikola Jokic 2 Blocks Anthony Davis 3
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Denver 129 57.3 12-31 23-29 33 38 5 10 12
L.A. Lakers 118 53.3 6-20 14-21 31 40 5 4 13
Upcoming Games
  • L.A. Lakers will play their next game on the road against Phoenix. The Lakers have a W/L % of .323 after a win and .447 after a loss.
  • Denver will play their next game at home against San Antonio. The Nuggets have a W/L % of .596 after a win and .594 after a loss.