Lakers Gameday

21 - 42
Denver Nuggets

27 - 34

Tip-Off: 6:00PM PST

Friday, March 7, 2014

Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

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Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 TOT
LAL 35 31 25 35 126
DEN 42 35 33 24 134
Denver Nuggets

27 - 34

Faried, Lawson Lead Nuggets Past Lakers 134-126

By Dennis Georgatos on Friday, March 7, 2014

DENVER (AP) Kenneth Faried scored a career-high 32 points, Ty Lawson had 30 and the Denver Nuggets beat the skidding Los Angeles Lakers 134-126 on Friday night.

Lawson also had 17 assists and Faried grabbed 13 rebounds. Wilson Chandler had 19 points, and Timofey Mozgov and Evan Fournier added 13 apiece for the Nuggets, who swept the three-game season series.

Pau Gasol scored 27 points to lead the Lakers in their third straight defeat and sixth in eight games. This one ensured their first losing season since going 34-48 in 2004-05.

Jordan Farmar and Robert Sacre had 24 points apiece for the Lakers, who were coming off a 142-94 loss to the Los

Angeles Clippers on Thursday. The 48-point defeat was the biggest in franchise history.

Trailing by 19 heading into the fourth quarter, the Lakers put together a 9-2 spurt to pull to 117-104 with 7:40 remaining. But they couldn't cut the lead below double digits until the final 1:30, and Faried responded with a layup on the other end before Gasol put in a final basket that still left the Lakers well short.

Faried hit a reverse layup in the final moments of the second quarter to push Denver's lead at halftime to 77-66 in what was their highest-scoring opening half of the season.

The Lakers had pulled into a 55-all tie when Farmar and Ryan Kelly hit 3-pointers sandwiched around a 3 by Randy Foye, but the Nuggets gained some separation with a 10-0 burst that began and ended on baskets by Lawson.

Denver led 42-35 after the first quarter, surpassing its previous high for points in the first by a point.

NOTES: Gasol played in his 898th career game, ranking 29th among active players. ... The Nuggets' previous high in the first half was 69 points against Orlando on Jan. 11. ... Faried had his 58th career double-double. Denver is 47-11 in those games. ... The Lakers had 47 rebounds to 43 for Denver, snapping a string of 11 consecutive games in which they were outrebounded.

Game Notes

SERIES NOTES: The Lakers currently trail the season series with the Nuggets 0-2… Los
Angeles lost last season’s series to Denver 1-3 after taking the 2011-12 season series from
the Nuggets 3-1... The two teams have met 156 times in the regular season with the Lakers
leading the all-time series 99-57... The Lakers are 4-6 in their last 10 regular season
meetings with the Nuggets... At STAPLES Center, the Lakers are 21-6 against the Nuggets
all-time in the regular season (6-4 in their last 10)... In Denver, the Lakers are 2-8 in their
last 10 regular season road games at Pepsi Center... The Lakers and Nuggets have met in
the postseason six times (1979, 1985, 1987, 2008, 2009 and 2012) with the Lakers
advancing on each occasion, most recently defeating Denver 4-3 in the 2012 Western
Conference First Round... Kobe Bryant established the series record for points in a game
(51) in February of 2003, since tied by Allen Iverson.

CONNECTIONS: Nuggets F’s Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari and Anthony
Randolph, C Timofey Mozgov and G Nate Robinson all played under Lakers head coach
Mike D’Antoni while he was head coach of the New York Knicks from 2008-12…
D’Antoni’s first NBA head coaching experience came with the Nuggets, where he was at the
helm for the 50 games of the 1998-99 season… Randolph and Lakers F Wesley Johnson
were teammates in 2010-11 with the Minnesota Timberwolves… Nuggets head coach
Brian Shaw won five NBA championships with the Lakers, including three as a player
(2000-02) and two as an assistant coach (2009, 2010)… Shaw teamed with Lakers Player
Development Coach Mark Madsen in the first two title years… Nuggets assistant coach
Melvin Hunt served as a Lakers assistant coach during the 2004-05 season… Nuggets
assistant Lester Conner played in two games for the Lakers in 1994-95… Denver G
Randy Foye and Lakers G Nick Young were teammates on the Washington Wizards from
2009-2010…Young and Nuggets C JaVale McGee were also teammates in Washington
from 2007-08…Lakers G Xavier Henry and Nuggets F Darrell Arthur both attended
Kansas University… Point guards Kendall Marshall of the Lakers and Ty Lawson of the
Nuggets both attended the University of North Carolina.

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Game Leaders

  LAL   DEN  
Pau Gasol
pts Kenneth Faried
Ryan Kelly
reb Kenneth Faried
Kendall Marshall
ast Ty Lawson

Game Starters

  LAL   DEN  
Kendall Marshall g Ty Lawson
Jodie Meeks g Randy Foye
Pau Gasol c Timofey Mozgov
Wesley Johnson f Kenneth Faried
Kent Bazemore f Wilson Chandler



Injury Report - LAKERS

  • Kobe Bryant:
    (fractured left knee) is out
  • Steve Nash:
    (nerve root irritation) is out
  • Nick Young:
    (sore knee) is out

Injury Report - NUGGETS

  • Javale McGee:
    (leg) is out
  • Nate Robinson:
    (knee) is out
  • Danilo Gallinari:
    (knee) is out


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