A little over 24 hours after escaping Dallas with a victory over the Mavericks, the Los Angeles Lakers were run off the Pepsi Center court by the Denver Nuggets by a score of 119-108 Monday night. The Lakers allowed 33 fast-break points and an eye-popping 78 points in the paint. (The Lakers scored three fast-break points themselves.)
Inconsistent play from just about everyone on the roster, including Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, showed that they were a tired bunch trying to keep up with the Nuggets in Denver's high altitude. They also went an embarrassing 14-of-31 from the free-throw line. That didn't help.