Millsap scores 21 as Nuggets beat Lakers

Paul Millsap Nikola Jokic

Sometimes LeBron James makes the game look awfully easy. According to oddsmakers from online sports book YouWager, the Nuggets are 7-point home favorites to beat the Lakers, who opened as 6.5-point underdogs.

Murray finished with 22 points and eight assists.

Lonzo Ball is stepping up his game from Big Baller Brand to Big Baller Beef.

Nuggets coach Mike Malone admitted he did not see what prompted Walton's postgame reaction, but told reporters he would watch the film and talk to Murray if Walton's concerns were validated.

"I felt like for the second time we played here, Murray was being a little disrespectful at the end of the game", said Walton, who would not go into specifics.

The two teams also faced off in Denver on December 2, when Murray dribbled around Lonzo Ball as he was walking off the court in the final seconds of the Nuggets' 115-100 win. They've blown second-half leads in each of their last three losses, including 19-point edge against the Clippers last week. Two of those players came from the Lakers.

At 33 years old, LeBron James continues to assert his dominance on the rest of the lead, ranking fourth in the National Basketball Association in scoring and second in assists. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope got one hard foul in on Murray, sending him into the stands. Murray hit both free throws and two more to end the game. "Ref didn't call nothing so let's play on". G Brandon Ingram missed his fourth straight game with a left groin strain.

Nuggets: F Wilson Chandler was inactive with a hip injury.

Entering the night, the Lakers had won six of their last seven games, and were coming off an emotional, come-from-behind win over Orlando on Wednesday that went down to the final play. Denver's Nikola Jokic had a solid performance, leading the team in scoring with 36 points on 12-for-14 shooting.

Millsap was signed in the offseason to provide veteran leadership for Denver's young players, but he is comfortable letting Jokic being the catalyst for the team. Ball said he's not anxious about Murray because, "he going to do the circus stuff - I'm not feeding into it". "He doesn't want any attention, he just wants to fit in with the team and he knows we're going to find him".

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