Reaves, Monk lead Lakers past Nuggets 146-141 in OT

Apr 10, 2022, 9:45 AM | Updated: Apr 11, 2022, 12:00 am
Los Angeles Lakers forward Mason Jones reacts after hitting one of two free-throw attempts to insur...

Los Angeles Lakers forward Mason Jones reacts after hitting one of two free-throw attempts to insure the lead late in overtime of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Sunday, April 10, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) — Malik Monk had a career-best 41 points and Austin Reaves set career highs with 31 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 146-141 overtime victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night in what might have been Frank Vogel’s final game as coach.

ESPN reported after the game that Vogel, who led the team to the 2020 title in the Orlando bubble, will be let go as early as Monday.

“My reaction is I haven’t been told (anything) and I’m going to enjoy tonight’s game,” Vogel said when asked about the report. “Celebrate what these young guys did in terms of scratching and clawing and getting back in this game. We’ll deal with tomorrow tomorrow.”

Monk said he has Vogel to thank for being with the team this season.

“He gave me a chance,” Monk said. “This was the only team that called me in the offseason. I have nothing bad to say about him. All praise goes to him. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have a chance to play basketball. I probably wouldn’t be here, so kudos to Frank.”

Three MVPs and five all-stars were inactive for a game that held little meaning. Los Angeles was eliminated from the play-in tournament Tuesday and the Nuggets clinched a playoff spot Thursday. Denver is the sixth seed in the Western Conference and will play Golden State in the first round.

“This is real basketball,” Denver’s DeMarcus Cousins said. “This is when talent has to come out. The regular season is one thing, you kind of go through the motions to get through it and be successful.”

Nuggets coach Michael Malone sat four of his five starters, including MVP candidate Nikola Jokic, despite Denver having a chance to win the Northwest Division and move up to the fifth seed. That bid ended with Utah’s win at Portland.

“Season’s over, no one got hurt tonight,” Malone said. “We’ll focus on moving forward and preparing for Golden State.”

Markus Howard had a career-high 25 points and Bryn Forbes scored 24 for the Nuggets.

The Lakers sat LeBron James (ankle), Anthony Davis (right foot), Carmelo Anthony (non-COVID illness), Russell Westbrook (right shoulder) and Dwight Howard. Vogel said James did not make the trip because he was scheduled to have an MRI on his right ankle.

James, Davis and Westbrook played in just 21 games together this season.

Denver led by as much as 17 in the fourth, but Reaves scored five points in the final 17 seconds to send it to overtime. Reaves put the Lakers ahead 139-17 with a turnaround jumper with 1:40 left, and then made it a five-point game with a 3-pointer in the final minute.

“Great experience for the guys that were out there,” Malone said. “Obviously a disappointing fourth quarter. Played no defense, gave up 40 points.”


Lakers: Wenyen Gabriel had 14 points and 10 rebounds. … Mac McClung was activated from the G-League roster and scored nine points. The rookie had played in just one other game, Dec. 29 when he was with the Chicago Bulls.

Nuggets: Jokic was listed as out with a wrist injury, while Aaron Gordon (left hamstring management), Monte Morris (left elbow soreness) and Will Barton (right knee soreness) were also in street clothes. … Seven players scored in double figures. Cousins had 17 points and nine rebounds. … Facu Campazzo was given a flagrant-2 in the second quarter and ejected.


Lakers: Head to what is likely to be a busy offseason.

Nuggets: Open the first round of the playoffs at the Warriors on Saturday night.

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