The Denver Nuggets pulled away in the fourth quarter, easily defeating the Lakers, 111-99.
The Lakers got double-doubles from both
While Denver shot only 40% from the field, they worked their way to the line with 37 free throws to the Lakers' 26.
Playing on the second night of back-to-back games, the Lakers failed for the fourth time this season to string together two wins in a row.
With the loss, the Lakers' record dips to 4-6. They host the
The Nuggets improve to 3-4, also playing on Friday at home against the
The Lakers stayed close to the Nuggets throughout the third quarter, closing to within four points after 36 minutes.
The Lakers shot 44.3% from the field while holding Denver to only 37.3% shooting. The Nuggets took 35 free throws compared to the Lakers' 13.
In his second start of the season, Hill scored a game-high 13 points while collecting seven rebounds, five on the offensive glass.
The Lakers caught Denver in rebounding with 26 each, holding a 17-8 advantage over the home team in the second quarter.
The Lakers held the Nuggets without a basket for 2 1/2 minutes, pulling ahead by eight. Denver quickly responded, overtaking the Lakers by 10.
Lakers point guard
The Lakers shot 50% from the field but struggled on the boards. Denver shot 46.4%, holding an 18-9 rebounding advantage in the quarter.
The Lakers (4-5) travel to Denver to play the Nuggets (2-4) on Wednesday night in their second game on consecutive nights.
The Nuggets are struggling so far this season but historicallythey dominate teams visiting on the second night of back-to-back games.
While the Lakers might have a chance to catch the Nuggets in a lull, as they work to learn a new system under former Laker and new Coach
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