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James, Davis each score 25, Lakers beat Nuggets 105-96

DENVER (AP) LeBron James has been compared to Michael Jordan for his entire career, though on Tuesday night it was Anthony Davis who emulated the Hall of Famer.

Davis, ailing from flu-like symptoms, took an IV at halftime and then scored 13 of his 25 points in the third quarter to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 105-96 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

James also had 25 points, nine assists and a crucial dunk off a miss late in the fourth quarter to clinch a matchup of the top two teams in the Western Conference.

Jordan's legend grew when he played through the flu in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals, leading the Chicago Bulls to the win and eventually their fifth title in seven years. Tuesday's game was just the 20th of the season for the Lakers but Davis' effort still impressed his coach.

''For him to play through illness and have that kind of performance was something special,'' coach Frank Vogel said.

Davis missed the morning film session and his status for the game was questionable until before tip. He showed no effects of the illness, scoring most of the Lakers 24 points in the third quarter. He also had 10 rebounds and helped to hold Nuggets center Nikola Jokic to 13 points.

He played nearly 37 minutes after trying to recover for most of the day.

''Sleep. That's really it. Sleep and a couple of medicine things here and there,'' he said of the treatment he took. ''The IV at halftime was trying a way to keep going.''

Jamal Murray scored 22 points and Paul Millsap had 21 points and eight rebounds. Jokic added eight assists but wasn't the only one struggling on offense. Denver shot 40.7% and failed to reach 100 points for the second straight game.

''We got the looks we wanted but just didn't hit some shots,'' Murray said.

Both teams were coming off losses that ended long winning streaks, but it was Los Angeles that bounced back behind James and Davis and a 56-35 advantage in rebounding. The Nuggets nearly came back in the final minutes.

The Lakers led by 10 midway through the fourth before Denver rallied to get within a point with 2:23 left. But the Nuggets didn't score again. The Lakers hit three free throws and James slammed home Davis' missed layup with 1:15 remaining.

''They're one of the top teams to come back from double-digit deficits in the second half,'' James said. ''We knew they were going to make a run. A very good team at home and we just kept our composure.''

Denver has lost two in a row for the second time this season and fell to 8-3 at home.

''They are a better team than us right now,'' Millsap said. ''We didn't bring our best game but we were still in the game. If we could have knocked those shots down it would have been a totally different ballgame.''

TIP-INS

Lakers: Vogel was chosen as Western Conference coach of the month for games played in October and November. The Lakers 17-2 record tied for the best 19-game start in franchise history. ... The Lakers had two goaltending calls in the first quarter.

Nuggets: Jokic had more turnovers (five) than made baskets (four). ... Denver Broncos linebacker and Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller as well as former Broncos and Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning were in attendance.

MUTUAL ADMIRATION SOCIETY

Nuggets coach Michael Malone was an assistant in Cleveland during James' first stint with the Cavaliers and praised the star's sustained excellence.

''What he's doing at his age, I mean, who is surprised?'' Malone said before the game. ''...LeBron is incredible and that's why he'll go down as one of he best players to ever play the game.''

Vogel was also complimentary of Jokic.

''There's no one like the Joker I think that's every played the game,'' he said.

SICK BAY

Davis wasn't the only Lakers player dealing with a bug ahead of the matchup of the top teams in the conference.

''We have several guys with flu-like symptoms and we had them drink a lot of fluid,'' Vogel said.

UP NEXT

Lakers: At Utah on Wednesday night.

Nuggets: Begin a four-game road trip in New York on Thursday night.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:56   Jumpball  
11:38 +3 Paul Millsap made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Will Barton 0-3
11:11   Bad pass turnover on LeBron James, stolen by Gary Harris  
11:05 +2 Will Barton made reverse layup, assist by Nikola Jokic 0-5
10:54 +2 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made jump shot 2-5
10:38   Bad pass turnover on Jamal Murray, stolen by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  
10:32   Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:30   Offensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
10:19 +2 LeBron James made jump shot, assist by Danny Green 4-5
10:10   Bad pass turnover on Nikola Jokic, stolen by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  
10:05 +2 LeBron James made dunk, assist by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 6-5
9:54   Nikola Jokic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:52   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
9:46 +2 LeBron James made finger-roll layup 8-5
9:29   Paul Millsap missed floating jump shot  
9:28   Defensive rebound by Danny Green  
9:13 +2 JaVale McGee made floating jump shot, assist by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 10-5
9:01   Gary Harris missed floating jump shot  
9:01   DEN team rebound  
9:01   Personal foul on Danny Green  
8:57   Shooting foul on JaVale McGee  
8:57 +1 Nikola Jokic made 1st of 2 free throws 10-6
8:57   Nikola Jokic missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
8:55   Defensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
8:47 +2 JaVale McGee made finger-roll layup, assist by Anthony Davis 12-6
8:29 +2 Gary Harris made fade-away jump shot, assist by Nikola Jokic 12-8
8:14   JaVale McGee missed jump shot  
8:11   Offensive rebound by LeBron James  
8:10 +2 LeBron James made dunk 14-8
7:55   Will Barton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:51   Defensive rebound by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  
7:46   Bad pass turnover on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, stolen by Nikola Jokic  
7:32   Will Barton missed driving layup, blocked by JaVale McGee  
7:30   Defensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
7:17   Anthony Davis missed jump shot  
7:13   Offensive rebound by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  
7:10   Traveling violation turnover on JaVale McGee  
6:58   Nikola Jokic missed jump shot  
6:55   Defensive rebound by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  
6:32   Anthony Davis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:28   Defensive rebound by Will Barton  
6:24 +2 Paul Millsap made layup, assist by Will Barton 14-10
6:24   Violation  
6:07 +3 LeBron James made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 17-10
5:40   Paul Millsap missed jump shot  
5:37   Defensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
5:19   LeBron James missed fade-away jump shot  
5:16   Defensive rebound by Jamal Murray  
5:12 +2 Jamal Murray made finger-roll layup 17-12
5:12   Violation  
4:55   Bad pass turnover on Anthony Davis, stolen by Jamal Murray  
4:50 +2 Jamal Murray made finger-roll layup 17-14
4:35   JaVale McGee missed jump shot  
4:32   Defensive rebound by Will Barton  
4:27   Will Barton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:25   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
4:19 +2 Danny Green made jump shot 19-14
4:01   Lost ball turnover on Nikola Jokic, stolen by Danny Green  
3:57   Danny Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:53   Defensive rebound by Will Barton  
3:44 +2 Gary Harris made floating jump shot, assist by Nikola Jokic 19-16
3:28   Personal foul on Nikola Jokic  
3:27   Bad pass turnover on Rajon Rondo, stolen by Nikola Jokic  
3:19   Gary Harris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:15   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
3:12 +3 Troy Daniels made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 22-16
2:49   Gary Harris missed layup  
2:48   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
2:43 +3 Troy Daniels made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 25-16
2:27   Jamal Murray missed floating jump shot  
2:24   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
2:16   Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:12   Defensive rebound by Nikola Jokic  
2:06 +2 Juancho Hernangomez made alley-oop shot, assist by Nikola Jokic 25-18
1:49   Personal foul on Juancho Hernangomez  
1:46   Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:39   Offensive rebound by Dwight Howard  
1:39   Dwight Howard missed dunk  
1:38   Defensive rebound by Mason Plumlee  
1:34 +2 Jamal Murray made jump shot 25-20
1:35   Shooting foul on Dwight Howard  
1:35 +1 Jamal Murray made free throw 25-21
1:25   Rajon Rondo missed jump shot  
1:23   Defensive rebound by Mason Plumlee  
1:12   Jamal Murray missed floating jump shot  
1:09   Defensive rebound by Dwight Howard  
0:58   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
0:58   Troy Daniels missed free throw  
0:58   LAL team rebound  
0:47   Bad pass turnover on Kyle Kuzma, stolen by Juancho Hernangomez  
0:36 +3 Jerami Grant made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Monte Morris 25-24
0:20 +3 Rajon Rondo made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kyle Kuzma 28-24
0:01   Juancho Hernangomez missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:01   Defensive rebound by Dwight Howard  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:50   Kyle Kuzma missed floating jump shot  
11:49   Offensive rebound by Kyle Kuzma  
11:47 +2 Kyle Kuzma made fade-away jump shot 30-24
11:30 +2 Malik Beasley made dunk, assist by Mason Plumlee 30-26
11:19 +2 Dwight Howard made alley-oop shot, assist by Rajon Rondo 32-26
11:05   Malik Beasley missed floating jump shot  
11:03   Defensive rebound by Dwight Howard  
10:57 +2 Rajon Rondo made finger-roll layup 34-26
10:45 +2 Jerami Grant made alley-oop shot, assist by Mason Plumlee 34-28
10:26   Rajon Rondo missed finger-roll layup, blocked by Monte Morris  
10:26   LAL team rebound  
10:22 +2 Kyle Kuzma made floating jump shot, assist by LeBron James 36-28
10:08 +2 Monte Morris made floating jump shot 36-30
9:41   Alex Caruso missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:38   Defensive rebound by Mason Plumlee  
9:27   Personal foul on Alex Caruso  
9:19   Shooting foul on Alex Caruso  
9:19 +1 Mason Plumlee made 1st of 2 free throws 36-31
9:19 +1 Mason Plumlee made 2nd of 2 free throws 36-32
9:04 +2 Dwight Howard made alley-oop shot, assist by LeBron James 38-32
8:48 +2 Malik Beasley made jump shot, assist by Jerami Grant 38-34
8:26   Personal foul on Jerami Grant  
8:22   Personal foul on Monte Morris  
8:13   Danny Green missed floating jump shot  
8:12   Offensive rebound by Danny Green  
8:10   Out of bounds turnover on Kyle Kuzma  
7:58 +2 Malik Beasley made jump shot, assist by Monte Morris 38-36
7:39   Danny Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:34   Offensive rebound by Alex Caruso  
7:34 +2 Alex Caruso made dunk 40-36
7:29   Monte Morris missed jump shot  
7:27   Defensive rebound by Alex Caruso  
7:23   Shooting foul on Mason Plumlee  
7:23   Dwight Howard missed 1st of 2 free throws  
7:23   LAL team rebound  
7:23 +1 Dwight Howard made 2nd of 2 free throws 41-36
7:08 +3 Monte Morris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Mason Plumlee 41-39
6:48 +2 Anthony Davis made jump shot, assist by Danny Green 43-39
6:27   Malik Beasley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:24   Offensive rebound by Jerami Grant  
6:22   Malik Beasley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:19   Defensive rebound by Alex Caruso  
6:12   LeBron James missed finger-roll layup  
6:10   Defensive rebound by Mason Plumlee  
6:06   Malik Beasley missed driving layup, blocked by Dwight Howard  
6:01   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
5:59 +2 Alex Caruso made finger-roll layup 45-39
5:44   Mason Plumlee missed jump shot  
5:44   LAL team rebound  
5:44   Personal foul on Mason Plumlee  
5:29   Dwight Howard missed hook shot  
5:27   Defensive rebound by Paul Millsap  
5:17   Personal foul on Dwight Howard  
5:07   Bad pass turnover on Gary Harris, stolen by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  
5:03   Danny Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:59   Offensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
4:59 +2 Anthony Davis made dunk 47-39
4:48   Will Barton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:44   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
4:31   Shooting foul on Paul Millsap  
4:31   Anthony Davis missed 1st of 2 free throws  
4:31   LAL team rebound  
4:31 +1 Anthony Davis made 2nd of 2 free throws 48-39
4:14 +2 Jamal Murray made jump shot, assist by Nikola Jokic 48-41
3:58 +2 Anthony Davis made floating jump shot 50-41
3:44 +2 Paul Millsap made fade-away jump shot, assist by Jamal Murray 50-43
3:17   Anthony Davis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:14   Defensive rebound by Jamal Murray  
3:05   Paul Millsap missed floating jump shot  
3:03   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
2:59 +2 Anthony Davis made finger-roll layup, assist by Rajon Rondo 52-43
2:43   Jamal Murray missed jump shot  
2:40   Defensive rebound by Rajon Rondo  
2:37   Personal foul on Will Barton  
2:37 +1 Dwight Howard made 1st of 2 free throws 53-43
2:37   Dwight Howard missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
2:35   Defensive rebound by Will Barton  
2:22   Will Barton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:16   Offensive rebound by Paul Millsap  
2:16 +2 Paul Millsap made dunk 53-45
2:02   Dwight Howard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:00   Offensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
1:51   LeBron James missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:48   Defensive rebound by Jamal Murray  
1:35   Paul Millsap missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:32   Defensive rebound by Troy Daniels  
1:21 +3 Rajon Rondo made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by LeBron James 56-45
1:11   Offensive foul on Paul Millsap  
1:11   Turnover on Paul Millsap  
1:11   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
1:11 +1 Anthony Davis made free throw 57-45
1:07   LeBron James missed finger-roll layup, blocked by Paul Millsap  
1:04   Offensive rebound by Troy Daniels  
1:03   Troy Daniels missed 3-pt. fade-away jump shot  
1:03   Defensive rebound by Jamal Murray  
0:57   Shooting foul on Anthony Davis  
0:57 +1 Jamal Murray made 1st of 2 free throws 57-46
0:57 +1 Jamal Murray made 2nd of 2 free throws 57-47
0:52   Anthony Davis missed alley-oop shot  
0:49   Offensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
0:40   Personal foul on Will Barton  
0:40 +1 LeBron James made 1st of 2 free throws 58-47
0:40 +1 LeBron James made 2nd of 2 free throws 59-47
0:35   Jamal Murray missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:32   DEN team rebound  
0:25   Bad pass turnover on Nikola Jokic, stolen by Rajon Rondo  
0:24   Personal foul on Gary Harris  
0:24   Rajon Rondo missed 1st of 2 free throws  
0:24   LAL team rebound  
0:24 +1 Rajon Rondo made 2nd of 2 free throws 60-47
0:00 +2 Nikola Jokic made turnaround jump shot, assist by Jamal Murray 60-49
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:43 +2 Anthony Davis made fade-away jump shot, assist by LeBron James 62-49
11:25   Out of bounds turnover on Nikola Jokic  
11:08   LeBron James missed jump shot  
11:04   Defensive rebound by Paul Millsap  
10:58 +3 Will Barton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Paul Millsap 62-52
10:46 +2 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made turnaround jump shot, assist by LeBron James 64-52
10:34 +2 Gary Harris made jump shot, assist by Nikola Jokic 64-54
10:20   Danny Green missed floating jump shot  
10:15   Offensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
10:15   JaVale McGee missed dunk  
10:14   Defensive rebound by Nikola Jokic  
10:12   Lost ball turnover on Nikola Jokic, stolen by Danny Green  
10:12   Danny Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:12   DEN team rebound  
9:51 +2 Jamal Murray made jump shot 64-56
9:33   Anthony Davis missed jump shot  
9:31   DEN team rebound  
9:31   Personal foul on JaVale McGee  
9:13 +2 Paul Millsap made floating jump shot 64-58
9:13   Shooting foul on Anthony Davis  
9:13 +1 Paul Millsap made free throw 64-59
8:56   Lost ball turnover on LeBron James, stolen by Will Barton  
8:36 +3 Gary Harris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Nikola Jokic 64-62
8:25   Bad pass turnover on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, stolen by Paul Millsap  
8:20 +2 Jamal Murray made layup, assist by Paul Millsap 64-64
7:56   LeBron James missed turnaround jump shot  
7:54   Defensive rebound by Will Barton  
7:45   Personal foul on LeBron James  
7:30   Gary Harris missed finger-roll layup  
7:28   Offensive rebound by Gary Harris  
7:24   Will Barton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:22   Defensive rebound by Danny Green  
7:16   Bad pass turnover on LeBron James, stolen by Jamal Murray  
7:13   Jamal Murray missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:10   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
7:07 +3 Danny Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by LeBron James 67-64
6:39   Jamal Murray missed fade-away jump shot  
6:37   Defensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
6:31   Bad pass turnover on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, stolen by Nikola Jokic  
6:23   Paul Millsap missed finger-roll layup  
6:20   Offensive rebound by Paul Millsap  
6:20 +2 Paul Millsap made dunk 67-66
6:03 +2 Anthony Davis made jump shot, assist by LeBron James 69-66
5:49   Personal foul on JaVale McGee  
5:49   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
5:49 +1 Jamal Murray made free throw 69-67
5:36   Jamal Murray missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:33