1. At halftime,
In the fourth quarter alone, Lawson scored 16 points with six assists. The Nuggets shot 75.0% from the field over the stretch as the Lakers simply had no answer for Lawson.
After the game, Clarkson said Lawson was his toughest test yet -- that's from a long list of top-flight point guards including Derrick Rose,
Scott wasn't happy with Clarkson's defense on Lawson.
"He was giving [Lawson] way too much space, way too much respect, and that's what I told him when I took him out," said Scott.
Not that Lin, or any other Laker, had any real success against Lawson in the fourth period.
4. Young had somewhat of a bounce-back game, scoring 12 points in the Lakers' loss. Trying to pull out of a long slump, Young shot just four of 13 from the field but that was a step in the right direction.
"A little bit better," said Scott. "He's still not shooting it as well as we know he can. He did a better job defensively. Hopefully he is coming out of it. Like I said before the game, he's just lost some of his confidence. He's got to get that back. If he does, he will go back to being the Nick that we all know and love."
5. With the loss, the Lakers continued to stay within striking distance of the three bottom teams in relation to
The Knicks visit the Magic on Wednesday, guaranteeing a victory for one of the two franchises.