The Lakers held an advantages in free throws, shooting percentage, rebounding, had six players score in double figures and still lost by seven points. It seems like regardless of what the Lakers do, they just can't solve their problem of winning consistently, according to Silver Screen & Roll:
No matter how many things go right for the Lakers, something else goes terribly wrong. More often than not this results in another L in the column. It's all going so terribly wrong.
Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard did all they could to pull out the win, but it wasn't enough. Bryant scored 18 of his game-high 29 points in the fourth quarter and added seven assists. Howard recorded 14 points, four blocks and amassed a season-high 26 rebounds.
For everything that Los Angeles did well, there were areas where it struggled. On the glass, the Lakers failed to consistently box out and allowed 17 offensive boards. They also turned the ball over 18 times, compared to just eight for the Nuggets.
Making matters worse, Howard aggravated his shoulder injury and will undergo an MRI on Monday. Bright spots for fans are difficult to identify at the moment.