Denver 92, L.A. Lakers 79 (F)

LAS VEGAS, July 19Bobby Jones and Keith Langford scored 18 points and 17 points, respectively on Saturday, as the Denver Nuggets downed the Los Angeles Lakers 92-79 at the 2008 NBA Summer League Presented by EA Sports.

The game was the finale for both teams at the summer classic. The Nuggets head back to the Rockies with a 4-1 record, while the Lakers finish their schedule with a record of 2-4.

Denver never trailed in the contest, besting the Lakers in virtually every category, including field goal percentage -- 49.2 to L.A.’s 40.0 -- and rebounds -- 40-31. Elton Brown also contributed solid minutes for Denver, finishing with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Mike Hall added another 10.

The Nuggets capitalized on an 11-2 run to open the game jumping out to a 24-15 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Langford exploded for 16 points in the first half on 6-of-6 shooting from the floor and 3-of-3 shooting from 3-point range, including back-to-back three’s coming off of a Hall steal with 2:20 to play in the half. At the end of two, the Nuggets held a commanding 53-36 lead.

The Lakers battled back in the third, just edging the Nuggets by just one point, 18-17, in the period. Brown scored eight in the quarter, helping his Nuggets to a 70-54 lead after three.

Los Angeles cut the lead to 10 with just under four minutes to play before Hall knocked down a long-range three and Brown put away a behind-the-back lay-up to put the Nuggets back ahead by 15, 86-71, with three minutes to play.