Denver 126, L.A. Lakers 114

Date - Wednesday, December 26, 2012 9:00 PM
Location - Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
Officials - #18 Matt Boland, #43 Dan Crawford, #42 Eric Lewis
Attendance - 19155

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
L.A. Lakers 26 28 33 27 114
Denver 29 28 39 30 126

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
L.A. Lakers 14-15 9-6 5-9 L1
Denver 16-14 9-1 7-13 W1


Nuggets 126, Lakers 114: Corey Brewer tied a career high with 27 points off the bench and all five Denver starters scored in double figures as the hosts ended Los Angeles' five-game winning streak.

Brewer knocked down six 3-pointers to lead a balanced attack by the Nuggets, who improved to 9-1 at home. Kenneth Faried had 21 points and 15 rebounds, Andre Iguodala added 17 and 11 and Ty Lawson scored 17 points and dished out a season-high 14 assists.

Kobe Bryant erupted for a game-high 40 points in a losing cause while Pau Gasol finished with 19. Dwight Howard added 12 points and seven rebounds before he was ejected late in the third quarter after picking up a flagrant-two foul for shoving Faried with both hands during a shot attempt.

Denver dominated the boards in the early going, taking advantage of nine offensive rebounds to build a 29-26 first-quarter lead. The advantage grew to eight points before the Lakers responded, a Gasol jumper capping an 8-2 run that allowed Los Angeles to go into the break down by just three.

The second half belonged to the Nuggets, who went up by 13 on a Danilo Gallinari 3-pointer with 7:50 remaining in the third quarter and held off a late Laker surge to take a 96-87 advantage into the fourth. Iguodala padded the lead with a 3-pointer from the top of the arc early in the final period, Gallinari rattled off seven straight Denver points later in the quarter and Los Angeles didn't threaten the rest of the way.

: Faried racked up 11 points and nine rebounds in the opening quarter, the first Denver player to do so since Antonio McDyess in 1999. ... Bryant has scored 30 or more points in 10 straight games, the longest such streak in the league. ... Gallinari finished with 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field. The Italian forward came into the game shooting a combined 6-for-31 in his previous three games.

Top Game Performances

L.A. Lakers   Denver
Kobe Bryant 40 Scoring Corey Brewer 27
Steve Nash 8 Assists Ty Lawson 14
Jordan Hill 9 Rebounds Kenneth Faried 15
Kobe Bryant 9 Free Throws Made Andre Iguodala 5
Jodie Meeks 1 Steals Andre Iguodala 3
Kobe Bryant 2 Blocks Corey Brewer 2

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
L.A. Lakers 114 49.4 11-29 21-30 29 38 8 2 15
Denver 126 47.9 12-22 24-32 31 48 7 10 11

Upcoming Games

  • Denver will play their next game on the road against Dallas. The Nuggets have a W/L % of .533 after a win and .533 after a loss.
  • L.A. Lakers will play their next game at home against Portland. The Lakers have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .467 after a loss.
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