Saturday, Jul 26, 2014Saturday, Jul 26, 2014
News
 

NBA: Denver Nuggets take the boots to struggling Los Angeles Lakers

Published on Mar 8, 2014 4:40 PM
 
Denver Nuggets power forward Jan Vesely (left) guards Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol in the fourth quarter at the Pepsi Center. The Denver Nuggets took their head coach Brian Shaw's advice and tried to run up the score against the hapless Los Angeles Lakers late on Friday, March 7, 2014, at the Pepsi Center. -- PHOTO: REUTERS / ISAIAH J. DOWNING - USA TODAY SPORTS

DENVER (AFP) - The Denver Nuggets took their head coach Brian Shaw's advice and tried to run up the score against the hapless Los Angeles Lakers late on Friday at the Pepsi Center.

While they didn't quite hit their lofty goal of 160 points, they still managed to manhandle the last-place Lakers 134-126, guaranteeing Los Angeles will suffer their first losing season since 2004-05 when Shaw was their assistant coach.

"Coach said he wanted to score 40 a quarter, so he was pretty excited," said Denver's Ty Lawson. "Actually, he was bummed because he said he wanted to get 160."

Shaw played four National Basketball Association seasons for the Lakers before becoming an assistant coach with the team in 2005. He left in 2011 to take an assistant coaching job with Indiana.

 
If you are not a subscriber, you can get instant, unlimited access here