The Los Angeles Lakers bounced back on Thursday night with a 114-108 win over the Denver Nuggets. This one didn’t require a blazing comeback, but the Nuggets stayed within enough striking distance to make this one interesting. Anthony Davis led the Lakers with 34 points followed by LeBron James adding 26 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists.
AD and Dwight Howard both got off to fast starts in the first quarter. Davis was perfect from the field with 14 points on seven shots and Dwight put in eight points of his own. Howard was a late insertion into the starting lineup replacing JaVale McGee. He got a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, his effort helped the Lakers win the rebound battle, 41-33.
Bumps & Bruises
Tonight was a big scare all-around the roster. LeBron went knee to knee in the second half and was hobbled for a second. Rajon Rondo nicked his shoulder on a landing as well. AD had the most worrisome ailment after he was slid under by Paul Milsap in the fourth quarter. He ended up finishing the game on a tender right ankle.
LeBron Takes Murray
Jamal Murray is not to be trifled with in these playoffs. He had 32 points on 60 percent shooting. Only two of those points came once LeBron made the switch on him to close the game and they were free-throws. LeBron did an excellent job crowding his space and challenging him at the rim on drives. The old man still has it, as Rondo agrees.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) September 25, 2020
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