Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Postgame Grades for Both Teams

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Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Postgame Grades for Both Teams
Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

The Los Angeles Lakers, who dropped 77 points in an entire game against the Indiana Pacers just a few nights ago, found their offensive groove against the Denver Nuggets, putting up 71 points in the first half alone.

The Lakers' 14-point halftime lead was too much for a struggling Nuggets team to overcome.

Led by 28 points and 20 rebounds from Dwight Howard and an incredible 54 combined points off the bench from Antawn Jamison and Jodie Meeks, the Lakers controlled this rematch of last year's first-round playoff series. 

Los Angeles moved the ball around the perimeter much better than the Nuggets and played with more patience, leading to more open shots and easy baskets.

The Lakers ended the game with a season-high 33 assists, which goes to show just how dangerous they can be when everyone on the roster stays involved on offense. 

The Nuggets didn't have an answer for anyone wearing a Lakers jersey, especially Howard in the paint, and Jamison, who was everywhere on the court. Jamison capped off a throwback performance with 33 points and 12 rebounds, shooting 68.4 percent from the field.

If the Lakers can keep this kind of production up, they are going to be a very hard team to beat. That said, it's doubtful that Meeks and Jamison will pour in 54 points on 71.4 percent shooting from the floor ever again.

With all that in mind, let's move onto the grades, shall we?

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