Tuesday 18 December, 2018

Lakers miss season-high 30 three-pointers in loss to Nuggets

LeBron James

LeBron James

The Los Angeles Lakers have struggled to shoot at times this season and a loss to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday was a glaring example of their problems.

In a 117-85 defeat, the Lakers shot five of 35 from three-point range. The 30 missed three-pointers is a season high.

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

But the Nuggets played very well. 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 nine-of-14 shooting and 11 rebounds.

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

Griffin enormous for Pistons

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.

Burke, Whiteside struggle

Knicks guard Trey Burke has been very up and down this season. Tuesday was a down night as he went one-of-eight 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 one of seven from the free-throw line in a 115-113 loss to the Hawks.

Tuesday's results
Detroit Pistons 115-108 New York Knicks
Atlanta Hawks 115-113 Miami Heat
Toronto Raptors 122-114 Memphis Grizzlies
Denver Nuggets 117-85 Los Angeles Lakers
Indiana Pacers 109-104 Phoenix Suns

Magic at Trail Blazers

The Magic (10-11) 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 (12-8) team could give them a confidence boost, at least in the short term.

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