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VIDEO: Kyle Kuzma drains clutch 3-pointer to beat Nuggets

Lakers, Kyle Kuzma

Kyle Kuzma got his second start for the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA bubble against the Denver Nuggets, and he made sure it was memorable.

With 4.5 second left on the clock and the game tied at 121-all, Kuzma freed himself up and connected with Anthony Davis to launch the game-winning 3-pointer. There was only 0.4 second left on the clock, and it was too little, too late for the Nuggets to mount a comeback.

Credit needs to be given to Lakers head coach Frank Vogel for drawing up this amazing play which worked to perfection. The Nuggets defense was left in shambles in this inbound play, which resulted in Kyle Kuzma’s game-winner.

This was one of Kuzma’s best performances of the season, with the 25-year-old finishing with 25 points on 11-of-16 shooting, along with six rebounds, three assists two steals and just one turnover in 33 minutes of play.

LeBron James and Anthony Davis also showed up in the game, combining for 56 points on the evening. It was an important win for the Lakers, who have had a rather miserable time inside the Disney World bubble so far. The game was one of their last opportunities to build some chemistry coming into the playoffs, and they responded with a huge win.

Kuzma was filling in for usual starter Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who is dealing with a minor rib issue. His performance should give coach Vogel something to think about in terms of handing the starting gig to the youngster once the playoffs kick in. Then again, he has been great as part of the Lakers’ second unit, so he will likely retain that spot in the rotation moving forward.