LOS ANGELES -- Two of the Western Conference's worst teams played about as ugly as you'd expect, and neither really played like they really wanted to win Sunday's contest. After laying bricks for four quarters, these clubs needed five more brutal minutes to settle it with the Denver Nuggets topping the Los Angeles Lakers 101-94.
Stat of the game: Both teams combined to miss 112 field goals, including 48 from 3-point range. And, for good measure, they combined to miss 24 free throws. Like we said, a lot of bricks.
Turning point: Denver's Danilo Gallinari sank a contested 28-footer to give the Nuggets a 94-90 lead with 1:28 left in overtime. Though the Lakers made it a bit interesting in the final minute, they never came back from that shot.
Player of the game: Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson finished with 16 assists, which was one more than the Lakers had as a team. Process that.
Highlight of the game: There wasn't much to choose from, but Wesley Johnson's thunderous one-handed, poster-worthy dunk over Gallinari with 3:15 left in the fourth quarter takes the cake. The crowd went bananas, as did the Lakers' bench, with Robert Sacre hugging everyone within sight. Johnson was fouled on the fast-break dunk and converted the free throw, giving the Lakers an 85-82 lead.
Kobe Bryant update: He shot 6-of-10 from the field in the first three quarters, then just 4-of-14 in fourth quarter and overtime. He missed a 3-pointer with 12.9 seconds left that could have pulled the Lakers to within one. He played 44 minutes, tying his season-high.