Nuggets guard Ty Lawson sent Lakers guard Jodie Meeks falling to the court with a crossover dribble during Denver's 134-126 home victory on Friday.
Attention all perimeter defenders tasked with stopping Lawson: tie those laces extra tight and make sure your shoe soles aren't slick. Just a few days after Lawson dropped Timberwolves forward Corey Brewer with a series of crossovers, he was back at it again, using a strong dribble drive to set up Timofey Mozgov for a lay-up at the rim.
With less than a minute remaining before halftime and the Nuggets leading 73-63, Lawson sized up Meeks outside the arc at the right angle. Squaring his body to the defense, Lawson uncorked a strong right-to-left crossover that caused Meeks to lose his balance. Before Meeks could recover or any of his teammates could provide meaningful help, Lawson had already darted into the paint and dumped a pass to Mozgov, who took it strong to the hoop and finished the play. Denver's bench predictably went nuts.
Lawson finished with 30 points (on 12-for-22 shooting), 17 assists and four rebounds in his third game back after missing a little more than three weeks with a broken rib. Kenneth Faried scored a game-high 32 points (on 14-for-20 shooting) and added 13 rebounds in the win.
Pau Gasol led the Lakers with 27 points (on 12-for-21 shooting) and five rebounds. Ryan Kelly and Jordan Farmar added 24 points apiece off the bench in a losing effort.
The Nuggets improved to 27-34 with their second straight win. The Lakers dropped to 21-42, the worst record in the West, with their third straight defeat.
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