(DENVER) — Wilson Chandler scored 23 points, and the Denver Nuggets ended the Los Angeles Laker’s four-game winning streak with a 119-108 victory on Monday.
Chandler was starting for Danilo Gallinari, who was a late scratch with a bruised left thigh. The Nuggets (36-22) used him and others to establish the fast break, where they outscored the Lakers 33-3.
“The fast-break points, that’s a killer,” Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said. “That team is like a track team over there.”
Los Angeles (28-30) got 29 points from Kobe Bryant, but center Dwight Howard missed 11 free throws in the loss.
“They just ran out of the starter’s blocks and beat us down the floor,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said. “… We couldn’t catch them. We just couldn’t catch them. For whatever reason, they just took off. Even on just a missed shot, we couldn’t get back quick enough.”
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