LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles Lakers rebounded from their worst offensive performance of the season with an all out blitz from the bench against the Denver Nuggets on Friday, prevailing 122-103 at the Staples Center.
Three nights after their last second loss to the Indiana Pacers in the same building where they managed to score just 77 points, 40 of which were Kobe Bryant‘s, the Lakers were on fire offensively across the board as they converted a franchise record-equalling 17 three-pointers.
Dwight Howard played up to his big money reputation with 20 rebounds and 28 points, 16 of which came in the first quarter, with Antawn Jamison and Jodie Meeks coming off the bench to find their range.
Jamison top-scored with 33 points and added 12 rebounds while Meeks added 21 points from seven successful three-point bombs to help the Lakers improve to 8-8 on the year and drop the Nuggets to 8-9.
“I was able to get a couple of easy baskets in the first quarter and then just got into the flow of things,” Jamison told reporters.
“I didn’t expect to lead the team in shot attempts and points, I don’t think there will be too many of those opportunities, but my team mates just did a great job looking for me and getting me involved.”
The bench duo were the first Lakers reserves to score at least 20 points each since Bryant, who played a support role on Friday with 14 points and eight assists, and Nick van Exel in 1998.
“Antawn has been a scoring machine for his whole career and we bring out the best in each other,” Meeks, 25, told reporters.
“If he gets going I want to get going as well. I am trying to learn on the fly, I am a young guy in this league, but I think I‘m doing a pretty good job of learning from these guys.” (Reporting by Ben Everill. Editing by Patrick Johnston)