Lakers’ barrage of 3’s knock off the Nuggets
Coming off an abysmal loss against a sub par Pacer team, D’Antoni’s Lakers had something to prove. They did just that and more against the Denver Nuggets winning 122-103 on Friday night.
The Lakers shot 54% from the field, hitting 17 threes in the process. It was just one of those nights where everything went right and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Right when Laker fans were ready to turn on their team once again, tonight made us all realize this new experiment needs time to gel. You can’t just put star players together and win in the NBA like it’s a video game. Lebron and the Heat had a learning curve, why shouldn’t Kobe and the Lakers.
Los Angeles put on the offensive display that fans had hoped for when Mike D’Antoni was chosen to grab the reins. The bench played great, led by Antawn Jamison who scored 33. Jodie Meeks contributed 21 points, hitting seven 3-pointers and Chris Duhon played solid, dishing out eight assists.
I mean you know things are going right when Dwight Howard steps back and hits a three to end the game. To some, it seemed like that was his signature move. Then I remembered he’s the most dominant big man in the game. Maybe you should stick to the paint, Dwight.
Overall, the Lakers put together a remarkable performance, moving the ball well and playing exciting basketball. It was almost a completely different team than the one that just scored 77 points against the Pacers. Howard did his part on Friday, scoring 28 points and grabbing 20 boards and Kobe Bryant had 14 points to go with eight assists.
Finishing an impressive first half up 71-57, Los Angeles never looked back. Danilo Gallinari scored 19 and Andre Iguodala finished with 14, but it was never enough. The Nuggets just couldn’t keep with the pace the Lakers were running.
The tempo and distribution displayed tonight could be a sign of things to come for the Lakers. Duhon had a respectable game playing the point, leaving Laker hopefuls salivating at the thought of having 2-time MVP Steve Nash running the show. If nothing else, tonight’s victory is a sign of progress for Los Angeles and it leaves room to believe that maybe D’Antoni’s offense is just the right fit for the new look Lakers.