NBA wrap: Lakers miss season-high 30 3-pointers in loss to Nuggets

LeBron James
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The Lakers have really struggled at times to shoot this season and Tuesday was a glaring example of their problems.

In a 117-85 loss to the Nuggets, the Lakers shot 5 of 35 from 3-point range. The 30 missed 3-pointers is a season high.

LeBron James especially struggled, posting a season-low 14 points on 5-of-15 shooting.

But the Nuggets played very well in this game. Six different players scored in double-digits including Malik Beasley, who scored a career-high 20 points off the bench.

Paul Millsap also posted a double-double with 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting and 11 rebounds.

The Lakers have now lost back-to-back games while Denver has won four in a row.

Studs of the Night

Pistons forward Blake Griffin had 30 points, five assists and four rebounds in Detroit’s 115-108 win over the Knicks. Rookie Allonzo Trier also had 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for New York.

Grizzlies center Marc Gasol had 27 points, four rebounds and four assists, but Memphis coughed up a 17-point second-half lead to the Raptors, who won 122-114.

Suns forward T.J. Warren had 25 points and seven rebounds in a 109-104 loss to the Pacers.

Duds of the Night

Knicks guard Trey Burke has been very up and down this season. Tuesday was a down night as he went 1-of-8 shooting while scoring six points and adding zero assists in New York’s loss to the Pistons.

Heat center Hassan Whiteside did have 11 points and 10 rebounds but he shot 1 of 7 from the free-throw line in a two-point, 115-113 loss to the Hawks.

Highlight

Pacers guard Darren Collison made Suns rookie Deandre Ayton look silly on this play.

What’s Next

Magic (10-11) at Trail Blazers (12-8) 10 p.m. ET — The Magic are still in playoff position in the Eastern Conference but there is a long way to go before the postseason. However, a win over a very good Trail Blazers team could give them a confidence boost, at least in the short term.