The Nuggets demolish the Lakers, Jokic made the fourth-fastest triple-double in history
- Title : The Nuggets demolish the Lakers, Jokic made the fourth-fastest triple-double in history
Nikola Jokic had 17 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds for his eighth triple-double of the season, the fourth-fastest in NBA history
The Denver Nuggets blew past the Los Angeles Lakers to a 133-96 win on Saturday night.
Nikola Jokic had 17 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds for his eighth triple-double of the season, while Jeff Green scored a season-high 26 points in Denver's second straight blowout victory. All five Nuggets starters scored in double figures.
The Lakers have lost three straight after winning four in a row. LeBron James had 24 points and nine rebounds, but made just 9 of 23 field goals. Russell Westbrook, who was just 15 for 59 in the previous four games, had 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting.
"We've just got to make a decision we're going to play hard," Westbrook said. "Sometimes, the schemes and how you play, it doesn't really matter. You've just got to play hard sometimes. Teams are playing harder than us, so it's as simple as that."
Denver led by five after the first quarter and by 18 in the second quarter when Jokic asserted himself. He had eight points and six assists in the final 7:10 of the half and finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and nine assists at intermission.
Jokic notched the 65th triple-double of his career just 2:10 into the second half and sat out the final 14 minutes.
"Nikola gets a triple-double in 28 minutes, Bones gets his first career double-double, the bench was great, the starters were great," Malone said.
Denver led by 19 at that point, 102-79 after three quarters and by as many as 42 in the fourth quarter.