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The Los Angeles Lakers had Anthony Davis and LeBron James and the Denver Nuggets didn’t down the stretch of Wednesday’s showdown, but Nuggets head coach Mike Malone believed his team’s 120-116 overtime loss was about more than just that.
“Very un-Nugget-like down the stretch,” Malone said when asked to assess how his team played with the game on the line, per Katy Winge of Altitude TV.
While Malone was unhappy with the late execution, James and Davis deserve plenty of credit.
The former finished with 32 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds while directing the offense as a de facto point guard in crunch time. He scored his team’s first basket in overtime and then drew multiple defenders before finding Davis for two critical three-pointers to help secure the win.
Davis stuffed the stat sheet as well with 33 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and