Nuggets Beat Lakers 125-116 Despite Lonzo Ball's Near Triple-Double

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The Nuggets, who outscored the Lakers 31-20 in the fourth quarter, entered Friday in ninth place in the Western Conference standings, percentage points behind the eighth-place Clippers (who hosted Cleveland late Friday) and just ahead of 10th-place Utah (which beat the Grizzlies on Friday) due to their edge in the division-record tiebreaker.

Denver next hosts Sacramento on Sunday afternoon, before a trip to Los Angeles for its final matchup against the Lakers on Tuesday.

For the second time this season, the Los Angeles Lakers left a loss in Denver upset with Jamal Murray's late-game antics.

Walton at one point was yelling toward the Nuggets near the end of the game. Head coach Luke Walton even hurled a few expletives Murray's way as the game ended and called him out by name during the postgame media session.

Lonzo Ball is stepping up his game from Big Baller Brand to Big Baller Beef.

"The past two games, he's kind of looked like the Brook from Brooklyn, getting in that paint, posting up", Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma said.

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"I don't know, I don't really worry about Jamal Murray", Ball said about Friday's incident.

Julius Randle took exception to Murray racing upcourt to cut Ball off and fouled Murray, who hit two free throws with three seconds left in that game.

After fighting to take the lead in the fourth quarter, the Lakers found themselves in another emotional, controversial finish, ultimately falling 125-116 to the Nuggets (36-30). And Jamal is able to play with emotion, but I never want it to border on the line of being disrespectful to your opponent.

And for the second time in a row, Murray got under the skin of Ball and the rest of the Lakers.

"We remembered it", Ball said after the game of Murray's actions in December.

"I can't control what the other team's gonna feel", Murray said. The Lakers shot 48.9 percent from the field, while the Nuggets made 50.6 percent of their shots - including 16 of 31 3-pointers. From there, the Lakers spent the remaining minutes playing catch-up. But the Lakers closed the period on a 15-8 run - including long-range shots from Kuzma, Caldwell-Pope and Lopez - to close that gap to 65-62. Meanwhile, the Cavs (38-28) have dropped down to No. 4 in the Eastern Conference standings, with the Indiana Pacers (39-28) moving a half-game ahead of them.

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