DENVER (CBS) – Ty Lawson’s lay-in off Kobe Bryant’s turnover with 1:20 left helped seal the Denver Nuggets 99-90 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night in Denver.
Bryant had a miserable night shooting the basketball, going 6-28 from the field, as he surpassed the 28,000 point milestone to become the sixth player in NBA history to score that many points in a career.
“He’s provides the aggression and has the ability to keep attacking, we don’t want to change that, but as a team we need to do a better job of stepping up and getting into better position to take higher percentage shots.” Lakers guard Derek Fisher said.
Meanwhile the Lakers outside shooting continues to struggle, going 4-23 from three-point range.
“I keep telling the team we shoot too many outside shots, we got to drive the ball or go inside, we have to do one of the two.” Lakers head coach Mike Brown said.
The Nuggets ended the game on an 11-0 run and were led by Lawson’s 17 points and 10 assists.
“It was a bad coached game starting with me and a badly played game by our team.” Brown said.
Despite Bryant’s poor night, several Lakers stepped up, including Andrew Bynum who scored 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, while Pau Gasol had 20 points.
Bynum did struggle at the free throw line, hitting just 4-10.
The Lakers will return home to face the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.