Los Angeles Lakers

LeBron James and Anthony Davis help Los Angles Lakers edge Denver Nuggets in overtime

For the Los Angeles Lakers, the final game before the All-Star break was no easy task. They had to go up against the second-best team in the West in the Nuggets in the high altitude of Denver.

However, the West's top-seeded team showed why they are atop their conference. Led by their All-Star duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Lakers edged the Nuggets in a 120-116 overtime entertainer.

Here are the biggest takeaways from this contest which had a playoff-like atmosphere in the Pepsi Center:

LeBron & AD do the heavy lifting

After a couple of subpar games, by his standards, against the Golden State Warriors and the Phoenix Suns - 15 turnovers and 13-of-33 shooting (39.4%), LeBron James came to play in a tough road game in Denver.

In 42 minutes, he finished with a triple-double of 32 points, 14 assists, and 12 rebounds on 15-of-29 shooting (51.7%). This was his 12th triple-double of the season, tied for the most in the league with Luka Doncic.

The duo of James and Anthony Davis scored all of the Lakers' nine overtime points including back-to-back triples by Davis assisted by James.

Davis, too, contributed across the board. In 42 minutes, he finished with 33 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocks.

Murray sparks 2nd half fightback in rough game for Jokic

The Nuggets were on fire early in this game and had jumped to a 47-34 lead with 7:50 remaining in the second quarter but the Lakers made a run through the rest of the quarter to lead 61-55 at halftime.

In the second half, Murray kept the Nuggets afloat. He scored 21 (8-13 FGs) of his team-high 32 points in the second half as the team's lone All-Star Nikola Jokic was battling foul trouble in his matchup with Dwight Howard.

Murray also dished out 10 assists while Jokic, despite the foul trouble, finished with a very respectable stat line of 22 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, and three steals. In his 37 minutes, the Serbian finished with a team-low -10.

Caruso, Howard star off the bench as Lakers defense came to play

Against the Suns, Rajon Rondo was the star off the bench and in this one, the reserve duo of Alex Caruso and Dwight Howard were the key contributors.

Howard finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds, and two assists in a season-high 30 minutes of action while Caruso had 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and a team-high +23 in 22 minutes of action.

The Lakers have the fifth-best defensive rating in the league and they played like that, especially when it mattered the most - in overtime. Postgame, Davis talked about that and more:

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