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Los Angeles Lakers legend James Worthy expressed disappointment following the team’s Game 2 loss to the Denver Nuggets, labeling it as typical of the Purple and Gold’s recent performances.

Despite building a substantial 20-point lead in the third quarter, the Lakers faltered, allowing the Nuggets to stage a remarkable comeback and secure a 101-99 victory, extending their winning streak over the Lakers to 10 consecutive games.

“This was a very tough loss right here,” Worthy said on Spectrum SportsNet. “I think of losses in Laker history this ranks right up there with it.

“The way they lost was typical of what they’ve been doing.You have to value the possession of the basketball when you have a lead. You cannot give two or three turnovers that will turn the game around and give Denver momentum…

“This was very disappointing. Poor execution down the stretch that led to turnovers. I don’t know what happens when we execute so well… AD before the half taking advantage of his ISO opportunities, D-Lo getting some good shots. I don’t know what we turn into. It’s always like we turn into, we’re scared to finish. Scared to finish the game. Turnovers. Miscommunication in defense.”

Worthy highlighted the Lakers’ lack of focus and killer instinct, emphasizing the need to value possessions and execute efficiently, especially when holding a lead in crucial playoff games.

“They just lacked killer instinct. Unprofessional basketball plays in the playoffs of the second game over team that has your number,” he added.