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Scott thought the “effort was there, lot of good things on the defensive end.” But … “we missed some wide open looks” + the mistakes.
Just had a story retweeted by a long-defunct newspaper. Hope that's not any kind of omen.
Byron Scott: “I thought our guys played tonight. Competed.”
Byron Scott: “Obviously disappointing … just blew it. Missed free throws, (giving up) offensive rebounds. We made some costly mistakes.”
J.J. Redick had two words when asked about a leaner, meaner Marc Gasol: "Contract year."
Live with Kobe. Die with Kobe.
AC Green and Worthy say the Lakers stood around watching Kobe too much. What else is new?
Worthy: "That was a difficult one to give away....poor execution."
Five minutes more only produced another loss. Denver wins, 101-94
Final: Nuggets 101, Lakers 94. Kobe finished w/27 but struggled w/shooting in 4th Q, Lin had 17 and 5, Hill 11 and 14, Sacre 13.
Lakers lose at home to DEN, fall to 3-11. Start of light stretch on Lakers' schedule. Next: MEM, MIN, TOR, at DET, at WAS, at BOS, NO, SAC.
FINAL: Nuggets 101, Lakers 94. The Lakers fall to 3-11. That's not the worst record in the West. That belongs to OKC at 3-12.
This feels like the Lakers' Nov. 4 home loss to Phoenix. Winnable in a potential team-building moment, but lost amid dependence on Kobe.
That should do it. Kobe misses the three and Lakers are still down four with 9.9 seconds left. Nuggets' ball.
Glad they got Kobe an easy look. AK
Kobe misses three-point attempt. Game basically in the bag for Nuggets. 9.9 left. DEN ball. 4-point lead.
That should do it. Kobe missed a 3, Lawson collected the loose ball. DEN ball, 09.9 left in OT, Nuggets up 98-94.
Prediction: Nick Young four-point play.
Yeah, that was a foul and Afflalo makes both free-throws to put the Nuggets back up by four. 18.7 seconds left in overtime.
Afflalo puts Nuggets back up by 4 with 18.7 secs left. Foul game.
Afflalo hit both FT's with 18.7 seconds left to restore Denver's 4-point lead at 98-94. LAL need a quick score, some FT misses or a T.O.
Jordan Hill makes both free-throws to cut the deficit to 96-94 with 21.7 remaining. Nuggets' ball after the timeout.
Jordan Hill pulls the Lakers to within two. 21.7 left on the clock in OT. Nuggets ball.
LAL got a needed turnover and got 2 Jordan Hill FT's at the other end w/21.7 left to cut the DEN lead to 2.
The Nuggets, channeling David Copperfield, have made Kobe disappear.
Byron Scott ran a play to get Kobe a post touch, which resulted in his J over Chandler. LAL within 2, until Lawson answered. 96-92, 1 min.
Had basketball existed in the days of Noah, God would have simply sent this game into 5 OT's and not bothered with the flood. BK
Nuggets get the offensive rebound after the missed free-throw and they now lead by four with 1:28 remaining. Timeout, Lakers.
Gallinari went 1 of 2 at the FT line again, but Mozgov grabbed the miss, and Gallo hit a 3 to put DEN up 94-90 w/1:28 left.
Kobe ties the game at 90 after hitting two free throws. 2 mins left.
Ha, no one wants to win this game. It's been tied 17 times already.
Good defense by Kobe, but better offense by Ty Lawson. It's now tied up at 88 with less than three minutes remaining.
Ty Lawson has been on his game tonight. 16 points and 16 assists. Giving Lin all he can handle.
Jeremy Lin's fadeaway jumper gives the Lakers the 88-86 lead.
That Lin hoop was the Lakers first bucket since Wesley Johnson's dunk.
Jeremy Lin scored over Lawson again to kick off OT, but committed his 5th PF on the other end. 3:30 to play, LAL up 2.
This game isn't going to win any FG% awards. LAL at 38.1%, DEN 35.7%. Both teams consistently cold. Defenses have been working hard.
Finally Byron can get Kobe beyond 40 minutes in a way that looks natural. BK
Kobe Bryant leads the way for the Lakers with 23 points. Lin with 15. J. Hill 14 boards & 9 points. Wes 12 boards & 7 points.
So Kobe's going to have to play 44 minutes if he goes through OT. 39 more in regulation. Hill played 38, Johnson 37, Lawson/Afflalo 37 each.
5 mins on the clock. First, and lets hope only, overtime. Kobe leads
Overtime, and LAL will go small with Wesley Johnson in at the 4 (Ed Davis fouled out early in the 4th Q). Lin, Kobe, Young, Hill too.
Nick Young almost makes the shot with 0.5 seconds, but we're now headed to overtime.
That would have been a reeeeaaaallly Swaggy walk off interview if Nick Young hit a 3-point buzzer-beater. Instead, a near miss.
If that shot had gone in Nick Young would have done his postgame presser across the street on the AMAs stage.
Overtime. Nick Young misses what turned out to actually be a pretty good deep look.
Nick Young heaves it at the buzzer. Close. But off the rim. OVERTIME.
Gallinari gets called for a travel on the inbounds pass and it's now Lakers' ball with 0.5. Where is Derek Fisher? Asking for a friend.
Why is Wes inbounding? Isn't he a guy you want going to the rim?
Gallinari moved his feet to throw the inbounds pass, which you can't do in that situation … turnover. Now LAL ball, 00.5 left.
In a weird change of events. Gallinari called for traveling. Lakers ball with 0.5.
Gallinari turnes it over on the inbounds. Seems like there are so many things not to do in that situation...
We'll see if LAL watched the MEM-SAC tape from the other day...
Oh boy. Five more minutes of this game.
Clock has been changed to 0.5. Enough for Fisher-like miracle to avoid OT.
Kobe was short on lots of shots in 4Q, when he's 3 of 11. Byron sent him back in early enough he's on pace for nearly 40 minutes.
Kobe's short on a potential game-winning J, after playing 39 more minutes. He's missed his last 5 shots. 00.5 left for Denver.
Kobe misses the jumper and the Nuggets take a timeout with 0.3 seconds remaining.
Kobe misses the jumper. 0.3 left on the clock. Nuggets call a TO.
Kobe with the shot and the miss. Nuggets will get the ball with 0.5.
Kobe misses a jumper. Denver timeout with .3 left. Guess we're going to overtime.
Kobe iso ... short.
The Lakers have scored one point since Johnson's big three-point play. That was 3 minutes ago.
It's all tied up at 86 with 15.1 seconds remaining in the game. Lakers ball and naturally, Kobe time.
I don't know what the cities of Denver and Los Angeles have done wrong, but if this game goes to OT, clearly it was something. BK
Interesting w/Shaw coaching Denver, knowing Kobe so well. Will he send extra attention early? Try to make sure Kobe doesn't get a look?
Lakers 86, Nuggets 86 with 15.1 seconds left. Lakers ball. Can you guess who's getting the last shot?
KOBE TIME. 15.1 secs left in the game. Tied at 86. Lakers ball.
Gallinari missed the 2nd of 2 FT's with 15.1 left. LAL ball, 86-all. Kobe buzzer-beating attempt coming? Feed the open guy if DEN doubles?
86-86. Lakers' ball vs. Nuggets. 15.1 seconds left...
Kobe's 3 for 10 in the 4th after the last 2 misses after starting 6 for 10 (9 for 20 overall), plus 6 boards, four assists w/23 points.
Hanley is always going to be able to hit. Great fit w/ an AL team used to extending the careers of sluggers.
That was Tony Romo's 27th game-winning drive.
Kobe's mad about not getting a verticality call when Mozgov seemed not to jump straight up, and hit him w/much contact at the rim.
HOW WAS THAT NOT A FOUL?
Jordan Hill missed 1 of 2 FT's, and LAL are 21 for 28 (75%) on the night. DEN within 1 after Afflalo's hoop, 1 min. to go.
Hey judge from The Voice, why you leaving a Lakers game just as your team takes the lead with 3 mins to go. Ya you LEVINE
Wesley Johnson made the 2 key plays to help LAL beat Houston the other day. We'll see if that and-1 hammer dunk is a game changer tonight.
Good to see Robert Sacre's been teaching rookie Jordan Clarkson some of his bench celebrations.
At first, I thought it might be Mozgov taking that hammer dunk from Johnson, but nope, Gallinari. Wouldn't have been Mozgov's first time.
MR. WES IS IN THE BUILDING, AIN'T NO QUESTION WHO ABOUT TO KILL 'EM.
And then he only has a lazy hand slap for Wes Johnson. Ha.
That's not good for USA-Italian relations … Wesley Johnson just dunked ALL over Gallinari.
Robert Sacre hugging anybody and everybody on the Lakers bench after that dunk.
Ty Lawson is one assist away from tying his career high of 17 assists.
To everyone who attended Nuggets-Lakers in person, just remember, there are no refunds. AK
The Big Three (Kobe, Lin and Sacre) have 47 of the Lakers' 78 points.