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Nuggets have playoff spot in mind facing Lakers
Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Lakers
- The Nuggets beat the Kings on Sunday, 130-104, and have now scored and allowed at least 100 points in each of their last 18 games. Denver's streak of 18 consecutive games scoring and allowing 100-plus points is the longest since the 1990-91 Pacers had a streak of 19 consecutive games from January 8 to February 20 in 1991.
- The Lakers beat the Cavaliers on Sunday, 127-113, and have now scored 100-plus points in 21 straight games. The Lakers' streak of 21 consecutive games scoring 100-plus points is their longest streak since the 1987-88 season when they scored 100-plus points in 35 straight games from January 4 to March 14 in 1988.
- The Nuggets and Lakers have each scored at least 100 points in their last 11 games against each other (Nuggets are 8-3 in these games). That is the longest streak of these teams scoring 100 points against each other since they had a streak of 19 games with both teams scoring 100-plus points from November 21, 1985 to November 17, 1989.
- In the Lakers' win against Cleveland on Sunday, Julius Randle scored a career-high 36 points to go along with 14 rebounds. Randle is the first Laker to have 35-plus points and 10-plus rebounds in a game since Dwight Howard had 39 points and 16 rebounds against the Magic on March 12, 2013.
- In Denver's win over the Kings on Sunday, Nikola Jokic had his seventh triple-double of the season with 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. Jokic's seven triple-doubles are the third most by any player in the league this season.
- Isaiah Thomas had 20 points off the bench for the Lakers in their win over the Cavaliers on Sunday. Thomas has scored 191 points off the bench since February 10 (15.9 ppg), the second most total points scored as a reserve during this time (Lou Williams, LAC -- 225).
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The Denver Nuggets enter their game at the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday in a three-way tie for eighth place in the Western Conference with 15 games remaining.
The Nuggets (37-30) have won two in a row, including a 125-116 win against the visiting Lakers on Friday. Denver enters Tuesday with the same record as the Utah Jazz and also tied in the standings with the Los Angeles Clippers (36-29), who have played two fewer games.
The Nuggets have not qualified for the postseason since 2013.
"We're getting there," Denver coach Michael Malone told reporters after a 130-104 win against the visiting Sacramento Kings on Sunday. "Every game, I think we're moving forward."
The Lakers (30-36) are coming off an impressive 127-113 win against the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. Even with the loss to the Nuggets last week, Los Angeles has still won seven of its past nine games. The Lakers are 6 1/2 games behind the Nuggets, Jazz and Clippers with 16 games left.
Julius Randle outplayed LeBron James in Sunday's matchup, finishing with a career-high 36 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists. James had 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
"He was pretty special," Lakers coach Luke Walton told reporters after the game. "Showed a lot of what he can do. The crazy thing is, I still think he can be better."
Randle seemed to agree.
"It was something I always knew I could do," Randle said. "Just take time to continue to learn the game, continue to grow and develop as a player, as a person. Something I knew I could do. I'm not surprised but it feels good I guess."
A key matchup to watch against the Nuggets is Denver center Nikola Jokic against Los Angeles center Brooke Lopez.
Jokic is coming off his seventh triple-double of the season, totaling 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in 30 minutes against Sacramento.
"Every time he does something, it's amazing," Denver forward Wilson Chandler said of Jokic. "But, it's kind of expected."
Lopez has scored at least 20 points in three straight games for the first time since the first three games in November. He scored 29 points in the loss to Denver last week, converting 12-of-18 shots.
Jokic played his first full game against Los Angeles this season and totaled 21 points, six rebounds and six assists.
Lopez also got the better of Jokic in their first meeting on Nov. 19, mainly because Jokic and Malone were ejected in the second quarter after Malone walked on the court while the ball was in play to object a no-call on Jokic, who was also ejected after joining the argument.
Lopez took advantage of Jokic's absence to score 21 points in the 127-109 win by Los Angeles at Staples Center.
The Nuggets and Lakers met two weeks later in Denver and Jokic didn't play after spraining his ankle two days earlier. Lopez scored 15 points in the 115-100 win by the Nuggets.
Updated March 12, 2018