Thomas rallies Lakers past Nuggets 112-103
Denver Nuggets forward Will Barton, right, attempts to steal the ball from Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)
By Alex Vejar, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Isaiah Thomas scored 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied to beat the Denver Nuggets 112-103 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).
Julius Randle and Kyle Kuzma each had 26 points and 13 rebounds for Los Angeles, which trailed by as many as 13. Kuzma had only two points in the first half.
The Lakers have won 3-of-4, including a 127-113 victory over LeBron James and Cleveland on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time).
Wilson Chandler had 26 points and 10 rebounds for Denver, which beat Los Angeles 125-116 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Jamal Murray finished with 18 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Chandler's layup with 2:21 left in the third gave Denver an 80-67 lead, but the Nuggets couldn't hold on.
Thomas' three-pointer trimmed Denver's advantage to 84-83 with 9:45 to go. Thomas made two free throws with 8:24 remaining, sparking a key 9-0 run for Los Angeles.
After Chandler's triple got the Nuggets within three with 2:38 remaining, Randle responded with a layup off a pass from Lonzo Ball. Thomas scored again and Randle had a big dunk to extend the lead to 108-99 with 1:09 left.
Nuggets: Tied the Lakers at 44 in points in the paint. ... Nikola Jokic added 15 points, nine rebound and five assists.
Lakers: Brook Lopez and Randle scored the first 19 points for the Lakers. Lopez finished with 17. ... Kuzma made five of Los Angeles' 15 three-pointers.
Nuggets: Host the Detroit Pistons on Friday (Saturday, PHL time).
Lakers: At the Golden State Warriors on Thursday (Friday, PHL time) in the second night of a back-to-back.