DENVER — Nuggets coach Michael Malone had one statistic in his mind at Friday morning’s shootaround. His team is 23-6 when they win the first quarter.

Denver had lost its last two first quarters — to both Dallas and Cleveland — but came out energized Friday and won tonight’s first quarter 37-28. Denver tallied 13 assists on 15 made baskets in the period and eventually edged the Los Angeles Lakers 125-116.

The Nuggets didn’t make it easy on themselves.

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Harrison Wind

Harrison Wind is the Denver Nuggets beat reporter for DNVR Nuggets. The University of Colorado alum grew up in Boulder and has covered the Nuggets for the last three seasons. You can hear him every weekday on the DNVR Nuggets podcast.