Lawson Well, they tried. They usually do. In the famous words of Yoda, however, “Do or do not. There is no try.” For the past few weeks, the Lakers have fallen prey to the same scenario: a promising first half, followed by a hapless second half. As soon as the opposing team takes the lead, it’s all downhill for them from there. Tonight, the Lakers led by as much as 12 points in the second quarter. In that same quarter, Denver shot a consistent 53% from the field, while the Lakers could only muster 28% and still went into halftime with a three-point lead. That dreaded third quarter, however, was the turning point. The Lakers once had an eight-point lead in the second half, but they lost for the 39th time, 106-96. What Went Right Carlos Boozer – With Jordan Hill out, the Laker bigs have had to pick up the slack, and tonight the biggest contributor was Boozer. He led the team with 21 points on 8-15 from the field, adding in 10 rebounds, four assists, and a steal. Wayne Ellington – Continuing his productive play of late, Ellington had a great game, chipping 18 points on 8-13 from the field, including two triples. Clean game – Typically, a game against the run-n-gun Denver Nuggets yielded a mountain of turnovers, but tonight the, visitors had just seven and the Lakers finished with just a dozen turnovers. What Went Wrong Ty Lawson – A large part of the Lakers’ “success” in the first half was the muted game of Denver’s best player. At the break, Lawson had only scored four points on just 2-6 shooting, with one assist. In the second half, however, the Lakers didn’t appear prepared for him and he went off. In the final two quarters, Lawson scored 28 points on 10-14 from the field and handed out 10 assists. Denver’s win tonight was due to his second half efforts, which the home team barely challenged. Nick Young – 12 points on 4-13 isn’t exactly a thing of Swag, but at least he got 12 points up there. Young’s struggles from the field continue and there’s no way to tell when he’ll get it back. So Close – They’re always so close, clawing their way back after a lost lead, and tonight was another one of those games where they could’ve done it. For the better half of the fourth quarter, the Lakers continued to chip away at the deficit that used to be a lead. With just over a minute and a half to go in the game, Boozer’s layup got them to within a point, 96-97. Unfortunately, that’s as close as they got, giving up 10 points for the rest of the game. Up next, the Portland Trailblazers. That should be a close one….said no Lakers fan this season ever. Damien Lillard alone is going to be a handful, and which Lakers team shows up tomorrow is a TBD. Box Score Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window) Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.