Balanced Nuggets beat slumping Lakers 137-115

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 6, 2014 at 12:07 am •  Published: January 6, 2014
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nate Robinson knew he would get a technical foul for hanging on the rim long after his dunk. He stayed up there to underline a point.

After a miserable month, the Denver Nuggets are having fun again — this time at the expense of the struggling Los Angeles Lakers.

Ty Lawson had 20 points and 12 assists, Timofey Mozgov added 20 points and seven rebounds, and the Nuggets beat Los Angeles 137-115 Sunday night for their second straight win after an eight-game skid.

Robinson scored 21 points, while Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried added 17 apiece as the Nuggets dropped 77 points on the Lakers in the second half. Robinson defiantly rubbed it in with 2:37 to play, clinging to the rim after his dunk put the Nuggets up by 24 points.

"We just found our niche and found our energy," said Robinson, who scored 12 during the Nuggets' 44-point fourth quarter. "We had a tough month, you could say. It's just that time to turn a new leaf, and just continue to play like we did tonight, and hopefully we can have a snowball effect and we can go streaking again."

With an overwhelming second-half performance, Denver earned a win for coach Brian Shaw in his first game back at Staples Center to face the Lakers as a head coach. The longtime Lakers guard and assistant coach was passed over for the top job in Los Angeles after Phil Jackson's departure.

Shaw believes the last few days have been cathartic for the Nuggets, who frayed at the seams during their skid. They played their third straight game without point guard Andre Miller, who is on personal leave until Monday after clashing with Shaw on the bench Wednesday night.

"Stress, grieving, whatever it is, if you hold it in, it will eat you up from the inside," Shaw said. "I thought we aired out a lot of things, and that clarified for everyone where they stood. ... Two-game win streak, but it's night and day from what it was prior to those last two games."

Seven Nuggets scored in double figures in their fifth consecutive win over Los Angeles, scoring the most points by any Lakers opponent this season. Denver easily took control with a 17-2 run early in the fourth quarter, remaining unbeaten against the Lakers since November 2012.

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