Paul Millsap scored 21 points to lead the Nuggets to the 128-104 victory Sunday at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Lakers star Anthony Davis scored a game-high 32 points and had 11 rebounds in the loss. The Lakers have now lost three consecutive games.
"It's tough when he's [LeBron] is out, but we still have to find ways to win," Davis told reporters. "It's a defensive thing.
"I think our offense is fine. Defensively, we just haven't been there."
Davis scored 11 points in the first quarter, helping the Lakers to a 28-23 lead early on. The Nuggets outscored the Lakers 32-25 in the second quarter to take a 55-53 halftime advantage.
Millsap poured in 12 points in the third quarter to help Denver push the lead to 91-78 entering the final frame. The Nuggets outscored the Lakers 37-26 down the stretch, securing the victory.
"It's hard to say [where Lakers missed James the most]," Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. "LeBron is a game-changer. Offensive flow, defensive communication and quarterbacking and playmaking offensively ... probably all of that stuff."