Anthony Davis scored 25 points and made key plays on both ends of the floor in the final minute as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Denver Nuggets 93-89 on Monday night, snapping a three-game losing streak.
The Lakers led by 14 points midway through the fourth quarter before the Nuggets rallied to pull within 89-87. With 41.8 seconds remaining, Davis hit a jumper to give the Lakers a four-point lead. Nikola Jokic hit a pair of free throws to cut the lead in half, but Talen Horton-Tucker hit a reverse layup with 15.1 seconds remaining to increase the lead to 93-89.
Following a Denver timeout, Davis blocked Facundo Campazzo’s 3-point attempt, effectively ending the Nuggets’ five-game winning streak.
The Lakers, who had lost six of their previous seven games entering the game, won despite missing two key players. LeBron James sat out the second game of a back-to-back after experiencing ankle pain in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to Toronto. After entering the NBA’s health and safety protocol, Dennis Schröder will be out for more than a week.
Jokic led the Nuggets with 32 points, while Michael Porter Jr. chipped in with 19.
Los Angeles led by five points entering the fourth quarter when it went on a 13-4 run, with Wesley Matthews leading the way with eight points, including a pair of 3-pointers.
The Nuggets were trailing 87-73 with 6:09 remaining when they went on a 14-2 run. Porter Jr. led the way with nine points, including a running layup with 1:37 remaining, and Jokic chipped in with five.
The Nuggets led for the majority of the first half, but the Lakers closed the second quarter on an 11-3 run, including six points from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, to take a 45-42 lead into halftime.
Midway through the third quarter, a pair of Jokic free throws gave the Nuggets a 56-55 lead, but the Lakers responded with a 9-2 run to take a six-point lead.