DENVER — The Lakers, surprised Tuesday in the Forum by an Indiana Pacers team that had six straight road losses, try it the other way around here tonight at 6:30, meeting the Denver Nuggets, winners of five in a row. The Nuggets have an 18-3 record in McNichols Arena, including a 115-113 victory over the Lakers on Jan. 21.
Jay Vincent came off the Denver bench in that game to score a team-high 23 points with 12 rebounds.
The Nuggets trail the Dallas Mavericks by two games in the Midwest Division, and the Nuggets are coming on. They were 4-3 when Coach Doug Moe made 5-foot 10-inch Michael Adams a starting guard--Moe had hoped to draft 5-3 Tyrone (Muggsy) Bogues but never got the chance--and they are 23-14 since. Adams has hit 9 of his last 17 three-point tries.
Coach Pat Riley, who missed the Pacer loss attending the funeral of his brother, rejoined the Lakers Wednesday.