Nuggets take down Lakers
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Ty Lawson took advantage of a sluggish Los Angeles defense, tallying 30 points and 17 assists as the Denver Nuggets topped the Lakers 134-126 in a shootout at Pepsi Center.
Kenneth Faried had a game and season-high 32 points with 13 rebounds for Denver, winners in two straight on the heels of six straight losses. Wilson Chandler added 19 points in the victory.
Lawson became the first Denver player to post at least 30 points and 15 assists in a game since Allen Iverson had 44 points and 15 dimes on March 17, 2007.
The Nuggets are set to embark on a five-game road trip starting in New Orleans on Sunday.
Pau Gasol scored 27 for the Lakers, who have given up at least 100 points in eight straight tilts. In three consecutive losses, opposing teams are averaging 136.
Ryan Kelly and Jordan Farmar each had 24 points in reserve roles, while Kendall Marshall dished out 14 assists. The setback guaranteed LA's first losing season since 2004-05.
03/07 23:42:14 ET