Anthony Davis scored 25 points for the Lakers with seven rebounds and a crucial last-gasp block on Nuggets guard Facundo Campazzo’s three-point attempt.
The Lakers, who had lost six of their past seven coming in, were undermanned with James sitting out with a sore right ankle, while Dennis Schroder was absent too.
Lakers lose again with LeBron ankle worry
The win improves the Lakers to 37-28 and moves them back into fifth in the Western Conference.
The Philadelphia 76ers were also winners on Monday, knocking off the Chicago Bulls 106-94 to improve their record to 44-21, holding top spot in the East.
Forward Tobias Harris top scored with 21 points, while Joel Embiid had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
— NBA (@NBA) May 4, 2021
Westbrook goes wild again
Russell Westbrook went next level with his latest triple-double with 14 points, 21 rebounds and 24 assists in the Washington Wizards’ 154-141 win over the Indiana Pacers.
In a high-scoring game, Westbrook’s 24 assists was a career-high. It was also an NBA record five triple-doubles with 20-plus assists, going past Magic Johnson and Rajon Rondo with four.
The Wizards finished with 50 assists against the Pacers, which was the most by a team since 1990.
— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) May 4, 2021
Danilo Gallinari scored 28 points off the bench as the Atlanta Hawks got past the Portland Trail Blazers 123-114 in a crucial game for playoffs spots.
Rudy Gobert scored 24 points and had 15 rebounds as the Utah Jazz returned to first place in the West with a 110-99 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.
Stephen Curry scored 41 points while Draymond Green had a triple-double as the Golden State Warriors won 123-108 over the New Orleans Pelicans, boosting their play-in hopes.
The Warriors moved past the Memphis Grizzlies into eighth after they went down to the in-form New York Knicks 118-104.
There was an amusing moment in the Hawks’ win over the Trail Blazers, when Bogdan Bogdanovic stumbled on a fast break upon a pass from Trae Young which clonked him in the head.
Melo moves into all-time top 10
Carmelo Anthony’s 14 points for the Trail Blazers saw him move into the top 10 all-time scorers in NBA history.
Melo drops 14 PTS en route to moving into 10th on the all-time scoring list! pic.twitter.com/DkKjMJJAl9
— NBA (@NBA) May 4, 2021
Orlando Magic 119-112 Detroit Pistons Washington Wizards 154-141 Indiana Pacers Golden State Warriors 123-108 New Orleans Pelicans Atlanta Hawks 123-114 Portland Trail Blazers New York Knicks 118-104 Memphis Grizzlies Philadelphia 76ers 106-94 Chicago Bulls Utah Jazz 110-99 San Antonio Spurs Los Angeles Lakers 93-89 Denver Nuggets
Nets at Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks (40-24) and the Brooklyn Nets (43-22) meet for the second time in three days as seedings spots in the East get determined.
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