Mozgov scores 23 in Nuggets' win over Lakers

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 14, 2013 at 12:10 am •  Published: November 14, 2013
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DENVER (AP) — An elbow to the chin staggered Timofey Mozgov for only a moment.

Shaking off the blow, the 7-foot-1 center went on to match his career high with 23 points, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Lakers 111-99 on Wednesday night to win consecutive games for the first time this season.

"It's OK. It's basketball. You just have to keep playing, if you can," said Mozgov, who fell to the floor but quickly scrambled to his feet after taking an inadvertent elbow from Jordan Hill when the Lakers' forward went in for a jump hook during the third quarter.

"He was like a good, old Russian boxer, didn't give in," said teammate Nate Robinson. "I just love the way he plays, he competes. He doesn't complain, just plays hard."

Mozgov also had nine rebounds and four blocked shots to help first-year Nuggets coach Brian Shaw, who was part of five championship teams with the Lakers as a player and assistant coach, beat Los Angeles in his first matchup against his former team.

"We played big and pretty much just dominated inside and kept the pressure on them by running the floor," Shaw said.

Kenneth Faried joined Mozgov in mixing it up in the paint, scoring 21 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.

"They're good players," Hill said. "It was their night. Defensively, we didn't help each other the way we're supposed to and it cost us."

Ty Lawson added 19 for the Nuggets, who won their fourth straight against the Lakers, their longest winning streak against Los Angeles since 1994.

"They just came at us," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said. "We didn't react very well to their speed and athleticism. That was a recurring theme throughout the game, their athleticism. They just beat us to the ball. Their foot speed was more than ours most of the time."

Pau Gasol led the Lakers with 25 points.

Both teams have been impacted by injuries, though the Nuggets were bolstered by the return of forward Wilson Chandler, who saw his first action of the season after missing the first six games with a strained left hamstring. Chandler scored 12 points, making a pair of key 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.



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