Nuggets vs. Lakers: Nikola Jokic leads Denver to win over LA, who drops to 0-4 on the season.



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Two-time defending NBA MVP Nikola Jokic had a near triple-double on Wednesday night with 31 points, 13 rebounds, nine assists and four steals to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 110-99 victory over the struggling Los Angeles Lakers. now 0-4 on the season.

It’s the fourth time in franchise history that the Lakers have started the season with an 0-4 record, and they sit along with the Sacramento Kings and Orlando Magic as the only undefeated teams in the NBA this campaign.

LeBron James, who hasn’t missed the first four games of the season since his rookie year, had 19 points, seven rebounds and nine assists – but eight turnovers – for the Lakers, while Anthony Davis had 22 points and 14 rebounds. the night

Tied 54-54 at halftime, the Nuggets pulled away in the third quarter on Wednesday, outscoring the Lakers 32-17.

Nuggets forward Bruce Brown scored 18 points and Jamal Murray had 13 – including a big 3-pointer to give Denver a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter.

“I felt like the third quarter was one of our best quarters in a very short season,” Nuggets coach Mike Malone told reporters after the game.

“We got the win, but more importantly, we got it by playing the way we’re supposed to,” he added. “The defense, the ball is flying, it’s coming out of our defense and running away, so it’s something to build on.”

The Nuggets, now 3-2 on the season, had Kentavious Caldwell-Pope leave the game after spraining his ankle in the third quarter, and Malone said the team would reevaluate the extent of the injury Thursday.

The Lakers, meanwhile, were without Russell Westbrook on Wednesday as he recovers from a hamstring injury, and coach Darvin Ham said they didn’t want to put the guard in a “vulnerable position.”

According to ESPN, the Lakers, who shot 8 of 30 from three against the Nuggets, have had the worst three-point shooting start of any team in NBA history with at least 100 attempts in four games.

“We have to make some shots,” Lakers superstar James said after the game, “Some of it is early season stuff, obviously. You know, like I said, it’s a new system, it’s a new group of guys together. We’re still trying to get to know each other.”

“We’re four games in, it’s huge to lose, but with 78 games to go, we’ve got a lot of time to right the ship, and it starts now,” Ham said.

The Lakers play the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday as they look to turn their season around, while the Nuggets host the Utah Jazz.