Avery Bradley on beating Nuggets for second time in Denver: “They’re already defeated”

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DENVER, COLORADO – FEBRUARY 12: Jamal Murray #27 of the Denver Nuggets drives against Avery Bradley #11 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the third quarter at Pepsi Center on February 12, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Lakers won a thrilling contest in Denver on Wednesday, getting to the All-Star break on a high note. It was their second win in three tries against the Nuggets, both on the road with their only loss coming in a game without LeBron James.

The Lakers went down big early but came back almost immediately and withstood a frantic finish to win in overtime. After the game, Lakers guard Avery Bradley talked about the importance of beating the second seed in the Western Conference on their home court for the second time:

That is a pretty spicy quote from Bradley and you know people will be waiting to throw that at the Lakers’ faces if they happen to lose to the Nuggets in the postseason.

There’s also at least a micron of truth to it. The Nuggets are a great, deep team (who were missing three major rotation pieces last night) but they’re also fairly inexperienced and have a unique hierarchy on the team led by star center Nikola Jokic. They were up 13 when Monte Morris talked some trash to wake up LeBron and the Lakers came roaring back.

The Lakers also pose a difficult matchup for Denver due to the wealth of athletic big men they have that can put pressure on Jokic on both ends of the floor.

Still, it’s rare to find a player on a Lakers team that has been very grounded in its confidence stating some bulletin board material for a potential playoff opponent. I, for one, absolutely love it.

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