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FSM Recap: Lakers vs Nuggets – Round 1 – Game 2 – 2023

Los Angeles Lakers (0-2)  |  Denver Nuggets (2-0)


It was the Lakers vs Nuggets in Denver in Game 2 of an NBA Round 1 playoff matchup on Monday night. The Lakers blew a 20-point lead to the Nuggets in a 101-99 loss, as Anthony Davis failed to score in the fourth quarter for the Lakers.


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Photo Credit: Aaron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post

The Los Angeles Lakers were back in Denver to take on the Denver Nuggets in the second game of their Round 1 NBA playoff matchup.

The Lakers opened up their first-round postseason series with a loss, making that nine straight at the hands of the defending champion Nuggets.

The Lakers had a chance to end that skid and head home with the series tied at one with a win in Game 2 on Monday night, but unfortunately, they lost 101-99 on a Jamal Murray buzzer-beater.

Anthony Davis put the Lakers on his back, scoring 32 points with 11 rebounds, two assists, a steal, and a block. D’Angelo Russell, who has constantly struggled against the Nuggets, finally came to play, scoring 23 points and going 7-11 from behind the arc.

LeBron James scored 26 points and was an assisting machine, dishing 12 of them. He also grabbed eight rebounds.


Lakers vs Nuggets First Quarter:

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Photo Credit: Aaron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post

D’Angelo Russell, who has struggled against Denver over the last couple of years, hit his first three 3-pointers in this one. LeBron James was also everywhere early, with a block on Murray and a three-point play to give the Lakers an early 13-7 lead.

A timeout by Michael Malone and the Nuggets didn’t seem to do much as James connected from deep, and then Anthony Davis had a pair of layups to get the lead to double digits.

As always, though, Denver eventually answered with back-to-back triples from Michael Porter Jr. and Nikola Jokic. With the Lakers letting go of the rope a bit to end the first, their lead was cut to 28-24.


Lakers vs Nuggets 2nd Quarter:


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Russell stayed hot to begin the second quarter with his fourth and fifth triples in as many attempts. He and Davis were carrying the load offensively for L.A., and then Taurean Prince connected from deep to get the lead back to eight.

Both teams were playing sloppy but high-energy and fast-paced. It was a one-point game after some L.A. turnovers. Russell stopped the bleeding by drilling another three. Luckily, the purple and gold maintained a lead while the Nuggets seemed to gain more steam.

Davis was putting on a clinic in the second quarter, going right at Jokic with ease inside. After Russell made another triple to end the half, the Lakers entered the locker room with their largest lead of the game at 59-44.


Lakers vs Nuggets 3rd Quarter:


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Photo Credit: Aaron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post

Davis picked up where he left off to begin the third quarter, completing two three-point plays on the first few possessions. Austin Reaves hit a triple to put the Lakers up 20, forcing a Nuggets timeout.

Again, though, the Nuggets answered with a quick 6-0 run, forcing the Lakers to take a timeout.

Unfortunately, Davis picked up his fourth foul in the third and was forced to the bench. The Denver run continued from there before Russell ended an L.A. drought with another triple. At the end of the third quarter, though, the Lakers’ 20-point lead was cut to 10 at 79-69.


Lakers vs Nuggets 4th Quarter:


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Photo Credit: Aaron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post

The Nuggets continued chipping away to begin the fourth as the Lakers struggled offensively and saw their lead cut in half again to five. It seemed to be a similar story from there, with L.A. committing silly turnovers and not running any organized offense.

After the Lakers’ lead was cut to just two, James had a massive response with back-to-back triples to quiet the home crowd.

The game remained close going into the final minutes, though, when Jokic started to take over, completing a three-point play to get his team within one. After a dunk by James, Porter hit another 3, and all of a sudden, the game was tied in the final minute.

James had an excellent answer with a drive and a layup to put the Lakers back up, but Murray buried one from midrange to tie it again. After James missed, the Nuggets had a chance to win it at the buzzer, and low and behold, Murray hit another shot at the buzzer to win it.


The Los Angeles Lakers will return to L.A. to take on the Nuggets on Thursday, April 25th, at 7:00 pm PST. Thank you for visiting for your Las Vegas Sports news.


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