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Lakers earn gritty win over Nuggets without LeBron James

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Lakers earn gritty win over Nuggets without LeBron James

Scuffling the past week, the Los Angeles Lakers grinded out a 93-89 victory over the visiting Denver Nuggets on Monday.

Playing without their two primary distributors in LeBron James and Dennis Schroder, the Lakers played with renewed energy. Anthony Davis had his best game since returning a week ago from a right calf strain, finishing with 25 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots.

Davis came up with a key block at the end of the game on a Facundo Campazzo attempted 3-pointer to seal the win.

With the victory, the Lakers (37-28) moved back into the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference, a half-game ahead of the Dallas Mavericks and a game ahead of the Portland Trail …

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