Denver Nuggets defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 128-104 on Sunday night (Monday morning IST) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, USA. This was the Nuggets' sixth straight win. Paul Millsap scored 21 points for the Nuggets while the Lakers were without LeBron James. Garry Harris chipped in 19 points, while Nikola Jokic added 18 points. Malik Beasley and Will Barton added 16 and 14 points respectively. Barton also scored career-high-tying 13 rebounds.
The Nuggets gained a 23-point advantage early during Q4, which helped them defeat the Lakers. James was sidelined for the first time due to a thoracic muscle strain, which left the Lakers without his 25.8 average per game. Anthony Davis was the top scorer for the Lakers, finishing the game with 32 points and 11 rebounds. He scored 11 points during Q1. Kyle Kuzma, who returned after missing games due to his sprained ankle, scored 16 points for the Lakers. No other player scored in double digits for the Lakers. Nuggets' Millsap, who almost missed the game due to a knee contusion, scored during Q2. His three-pointer as Q2 came to an end gave the Nuggets their 55-53 lead at halftime. Though Lakers tried to make a comeback, the Nuggets went on a 23-11 run, giving them a 91-78 lead by Q4. The Nuggets opened Q4 with a 17-7 run, gaining a 108-85 advantage.