Lakers vs Nuggets: Live Scores, Stats, Results, and More

Published 02/08/2024, 10:00 PM EST

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After a heartfelt tribute to Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers brace themselves for a showdown against the defending champions, the Denver Nuggets. Anticipating Kobe’s enduring blessings, the Lakers approach the game undermanned on both ends of the court. The latest injury report includes Jarred Vanderbilt and D’Angelo Russell. Meanwhile, the Nuggets face the absence of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope due to right hamstring stiffness.

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As the Lakers gear up for the game, the starting lineup features LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Rui Hachimura, and Austin Reaves, with Max Christie stepping into Russell’s spot. The core remains intact on the Nuggets’ side, boasting Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, Aaron Gordon, Michael Porter Jr., and Justin Holiday.

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Game updates – Lakers vs. Nuggets

  • The Lakers fall to the clock, as the Nuggets win 114-106.
  • Reaves misses a tough lay against Jokic as Denver quickly converts for another 2. James comes back trucking the Denver’s paint, and scores 2.
  • Porter maintains his shooting touch and gives Denver another sizeable lead with a three. Ham calls timeout. Denver leads 112-104 with nearly 1 minute remaining.
  • Murray comes right back with a three of his own and scores off a floater on the next play.
  • The Lakers miss a quick shot as Watson sprints for back-to-back dunks. Hayes trails down for a chase down as Reaves sinks a three to even the game.
  • Jokic dominates Prince in the post and hands out a pass to a cutting Watson on the baseline. Nuggets score 2 more.
  • AD is fouled with 3:18 in the game. Makes the second free throw, as Denver calls timeout.
  • Gordon gets an easy two from the dunker’s spot. The Nuggets regain the lead.
  • The Nuggets win the challenge. AD strips Jokic near the elbow. James sprints hard for the fast break and is fouled by Murray. Converts both free throws. The game tied at 100-100.

4:09 remaining in the game | Denver leads by 2 | 100-98

  • Reaves and James continue igniting the crowd. James receives the ball off the roll and hangs in the air as Gordon contests him near the rim. 2 more shots for James. Denver challenges the call.
  • Jokic misses a tough contest as the Lakers aim to grab a lead. However, they turn the ball over before the half-court.
  • Denver responds back as James connects with AD for a ferocious slam.
  • Lakers begin the remainder 6 minutes with swift ball passing, as Prince missed a corner three. Hayes hustles for a board and secures the offensive rebound for a bonus of 2 points.
  • Nuggets quickly sneak in a corner three, Lakers seek timeout trailing 94-97.
  • Mays lobs up an alley to Anthony Davis as AD slams it home. The Lakers finally event the game.
  • Both teams exchange misses as the Lakers aim to even the game with a 2-point deficit.
  • Jaxon Hayes continues building on a solid night as he scores another bucket. Skylar Mays checks in on the game and immediately steps out of bounds.
  • The Nuggets begin pressurizing the paint as the Lakers are called for 2 consecutive fouls. Jokic makes two more free throws.
  • Murray airballs a three, however, Jordan tips it in. Hayes replicates the same by tipping in a Hachimura miss.
  • Murray sizes up James one-on-one as the tension brews. Jamal loses his footing, igniting a James fastbreak. James is fouled near the basket and makes both free throws. Denver leads by 1.
  • The Lakers get the offensive board, and Hachiura scores the first Lakers points. Jordan and Hayes proceed to exchange buckets near the rim.
  • The Lakers; imbalances show up vividly. Jaxon Hayes trips during a fastbreak opportunity. LeBron James airballs a shot and barely touches the rim on the next jumper.
  • The Lakers score a quick 2. The Nuggets secure another offensive board and miss both shots.
  • Nuggets miss their first triple but Murray hits a heat check over Bron off an offensive rebound.

Fourth Quarter Begins

  • The Lakers score 30 as the Nuggets post their lowest-scoring quarter of the game. Anthony Davis leads the Lakers with 25 points off efficient 50% shooting. James is nearing a double-double with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Jokic has 20 points and 10 rebounds as Porter Jr and Murray even out at 19 points each. Nuggets lead by four, 83-79.

Third Quarter ends

  • LeBron as expected, starts the second half aggressively. AD fumbles the dime.
  • Porter tricks Prince and Hachimura in the paint and converts the and-1. Denver extends the lead to 15 as the Lakers are yet to score in the second half. 10:26 remaining on the clock.
  • LeBron James erupts for 2 consecutive threes. Davis blocks Jokic off a baseline drive.
  • Jokic immediately fires back with three as Denver deploys another run to extend the lead to 15.
  • James misses a shot, and Jokic secures the board. The Lakers call a full timeout as they trail 72-57.
  • Reaves opens the stretch with a pocket pass to James for a lefty lay. Denver responds with an easy 2.
  • Reaves keeps the guns blazing with a quick three over the top of the arc
  • Reaves drives baseline and dimes it to AD mid-air for an easy bucket.
  • Murray and James exchange misses while aggressive drives to the basket.
  • Murray is called off to the bench as James and AR continue their two-man game. Another PnR results in an easy James lay. The Lakers cut the deficit to 8 points.
  • James converts a tough shot for his first free throws in the game.
  • Jokic works on AD and Wood, scores in the paint. AD sprints to Denver’s rim and gets his first charity stripe opportunity. Misses 1 as  Denver leads by 8.
  • Jokic makes a tough 3 over Wood seem like a layup. AD keeps the battle of the centers alive by scoring quick 2 in the paint.
  • Jokic, aiming to expose Wood, bumps him for a post-up. Wood is called for a blocking foul. Darvin Ham challenges the call. An unsuccessful challenge hands Jokic two free throws. Denver leads 81-70 as the Joker converts both.
  • Prince (4-5 from the field) drives the lane and is deflected by Jokic. The ball bounces off Prince. Jokic now has 3 blocks in the game.
  • Denver misses multiple shots near the rim, AR finds a fastbreak opportunity.
  • Jokic bumps AD in the paint as both big men pile up on each other on the floor. Darvin Ham takes to the court to help Jokic and AD up. Denver leads 81-72. Davis gets 2 free throws. He now has 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks.
  • Jokic again tries to toy with Pricne, making him bite off the pump fake. Prince reaches back and nudges Jokic’s three. The shot clock expires for Denver. The crowd is loving Prince’s outing tonight.
  • Jokic attempts one of his quarterback passes to end the quarter, as Jaxon Hayes disrupts it on the other end. The Nuggets inbound the ball with less than a second left.

Third Quarter Begins

  • The Nuggets tighten their grip on the lead, reaching 59-49 at the half. Jamal Murray orchestrated an offensive masterpiece with 10 second-quarter points and 7 assists. LeBron James, facing resistance, struggles with 4 misses out of his first 7 attempts. However, the Lakers find reliability in Prince’s sharpshooting off the bench. Denver is yet to face their first free throw opportunity.
  • Christie’s night comes to an end as he is upgraded to a right ankle sprain.

Halftime – 8:18 PM, February 8, 2024 

  • As the Lakers narrow the deficit to 4, Jokic and Gordon take it to the paint. Their chemistry is buzzing, as they play off each other.
  • Christie makes a 3 off the wing, before crashing on the floor during a fast break on the next play. After momentarily tending to his ankle, he steps up to make both free throws before heading back to the locker room.
  • Holiday quickly deploys a half-court lob to Jokic, returning the favor.
  • James and AD are slowly getting into their leadership element, working off each other’s strengths. James tips the ball to a cutting AD for a quick fastbreak. The arena roars with cheers.
  • James penetrates the Denver defense and dimes it to AD for an easy 2
  • LeBron scores off a tough floater after the timeout, sparking a Lakers run. Denver doesn’t want any of it and is forced to call another timeout.
  • Lakers call timeout, Denver leads 38-30.
  • Reaves misses the fastbreak, and Murray capitalizes with a quick layup over James.
  • Jordan makes an easy 2 near the rim.
  • Murray misses off a tough contest by Reaves.
  • Michael Porter responds with a three. He is now 2-2 from beyond the arc.
  • James sizes up Murray in the post, 2 more Laker points.
  • Murray generates Nuggets’ first points from a corner three.
  • Prince again goes for a floater, this time converting it for an and-1. The Lakers trail 26-29.
  • Both teams miss their first two shots of the quarter.

Second Quarter Begins

  • Murray and Michael Porter lead the Nuggets with 4 and 11 points. Porter is on fire, making 5 of his 8 attempts.
  • Prince and AD lead the Lakers with 5 and 10 points respectively.

End of first quarter

  • Davis misses at the Buzzer. The Nuggets lead 29-23.
  • Holiday sinks a triple off a quick cross-court pass from Murray.
  • Murray loses the ball in the paint, parking a Christian Wood floater off Davis’ assists.
  • Davis dunks the ball off his miss, Nuggets players urge for a travel violation on AD.
  • Prince drives to the lane for the Lakers’ first free throws of the game – makes 1. Denver leads 23-18.
  • Prince makes a three, and Denver immediately responds.
  • Porter sinks back-to-back threes to force a Lakers timeout. Denver leads 21-13 with 4:10 left in the first quarter.
  • The Lakers deploy a 5-0 run behind a Davis dunk, Nuggets call their first timeout of the game with a 12-9 lead. The crowd chant “Kobe,” with his newly unveiled statue standing outside the arena.
  • Nuggets go on a 8-0 run for a 10-2 lead
  • Anthony Davis responds with a long two
  • Nikola Jokić secures the tip-off and scores off a floater with 11:03 on the clock.

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First Quarter begins

Match Summary

In a game that promised a clash of hotshots, it surprisingly unfolded as role players living up to their caliber. Jokic led the charge for the Nuggets with 24 points, complemented by Murray’s impressive 29. On the Lakers’ side, Davis notched up 32 points, and James added 25 to the tally. While the marquee matchups did their part, the game shifted with the unsung heroes.

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Gordon’s relentless hustle kept the Lakers away from gaining a lead while Porter’s hot streak helped the Nuggets ease into the game. For the Lakers, Taurean Prince made impactful plays, however, his contributions faded in the crucial moments. The spotlight, however, turned to the emerging talents as Max Christie and Jaxson Hayes remained poised under the dazzling LA lights.

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Looking ahead, the Lakers will face the New Orleans Pelicans, while the Nuggets gear up for a showdown against the Sacramento Kings.

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