Lakers vs. Nuggets final score: Denver outruns tired LA, 119-108

Doug Pensinger

The Denver Nuggets literally ran the tired Lakers off the court in the Mile High City on Monday night.

The Denver Nuggets humbled the suddenly resurgent Los Angeles Lakers as they literally outran them, 119-108, Monday night at Pepsi Center.

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The Lakers (28-30) had won 11 of their last 15 games heading into the game, but Denver (36-22) used a 55.7 percent shooting mark from the field and an incredible 78 points in the paint and 33 fast-break points to put Los Angeles away early.

Ty Lawson had an outstanding game for Denver, putting together a stat line that included 22 points, eight assists and four rebounds. Andre Iguodala had a strong game of his own, with a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double.

Kobe Bryant led the way for the Lakers, scoring 29 points and adding nine assists. L.A. shot well from the field in the loss with a 55.1 percent mark. An abysmal 14-for-31 showing at the free throw line cost them as they fought to climb back into the contest, but the Lakers couldn't muster enough offense to match the red-hot Nuggets.

Denver got contributions from everywhere, as five players scored in double figures. Turnovers cost the Lakers, who committed 12 first-half giveaways in the loss.

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