After the Lakers 126-114 thrashing by the Nuggets in Denver on Wednesday night, Steve Nash was asked why his team came out with so little energy to start the game.
"Sometimes,” the point guard said sardonically, “when you don’t have anything nice to say, you don’t say anything at all.”
With the Lakers stunning inability to match the Nuggets’ intensity, there should have been a whole lot of silence coming from the loser’s locker room. The Nuggets put on an effort clinic that ended Los Angeles’ winning streak at five games and dropped the Lakers under .500 again at 14-15. The statistics tell the ugly story:
Denver grabbed 20 offensive rebounds and scored 47 second-chance points, led by Corey Brewer’s 27 points off the bench and Kenneth Faried’s 21 points and 15 rebounds. Ty Lawson also added 17 points and 14 assists for the Nuggets, who improved to 16-14 less than 24 hours after losing by 12 to the Clippers — in Los Angeles.