The Lakers responded from their defeat against Phoenix last Thursday, drubbing the Nuggets 116-99. Derek Fisher led the way for the Lakers, coming up one point shy of his career high with 28 points.
“It’s a good win for us,” said Jackson. “We just can’t make too much out of anything and stay really close into what we’re trying to do.”
The Lakers entered the second half up by 10 points, but allowed the Nuggets to take the lead midway through the third quarter.
“We lost some momentum in that third quarter,” said Coach Jackson. “Came out and tried to do the same thing that was successful for us in the first half and we made some adjustments and got stubborn about our adjustments and it almost cost us the game.” However, Jackson praised the efforts of Fisher and Jordan Farmar (19 points) for reenergizing the team heading into the fourth quarter.
Kobe Bryant had a quiet scoring night for the Lakers, but had one of his best passing nights of the season, dishing out 11 assists.
“The assists were very important, he was able to find Fisher and Jordan for those threes,” said Jackson.
“It’s my responsibility, especially with the way the defense is playing, to find these guys and keep rolling,” said Bryant.
The victory was much needed for the Lakers after they lost another player to injury this weekend.
“Losing Trevor Ariza yesterday was another blow to our team,” Fisher said. “So I think it was important right at the beginning of the game to establish our energy and the fact that we were going to be positive and keep maximizing the opportunity that we have.”