DENVER — Gong. The Lakers hit the wall in the second half tonight, looking like a marathon runner who’s run out of energy in the closing miles of the race. The Denver Nuggets outscored them by 29-8 in the third quarter and ended their six-game winning streak. Kobe Bryant scored 19 points, all in the first half. Andrew Bynum had 19 points and 15 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony led the Nuggets with 25 points, and J.R. Smith had 20.
UPDATE: The Lakers set a franchise record with 23 points in the second half, breaking the previous low of 24 set Dec. 20, 2004 against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Lakers’ all-time low for points in a game is 70 set Nov. 5, 2002 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Said Lakers coach Phil Jackson: “No one stepped up in the second half and played ball.”