NBA Game Summary - Denver at LA Lakers
(Monday, January 21st)
Final Score: LA Lakers 116, Denver 99
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Derek Fisher made 6-of-7 three-pointers and scored 28 total points, as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets, 116-99, at the Staples Center.
Kobe Bryant finished with 17 points and 11 assists for Los Angeles, which has won eight of nine. Lamar Odom had 15 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists, and Jordan Farmar scored 19 off the bench.
Allen Iverson had 24 points for Denver, and Carmelo Anthony scored 13 before leaving in the second quarter with a left ankle injury. X-rays were negative, though he did not return. Linas Kleiza had 21 points off the bench for the Nuggets, who had a two-game winning streak snapped.
Down by two late in the third quarter, LA ended the stanza with a 14-3 run, in which Fisher had a trio of threes. By the time Iverson made 1-of-2 free throws to end the quarter, the Lakers led 91-82.
Los Angeles expanded its lead, almost by default, in the final quarter. The Nuggets made one field goal, and had no free throws, through the first four minutes.
"I liked my team until (the Lakers) built the lead up," Denver head coach George Karl said. "We just ran out of gas."
Meanwhile, the Lakers scored 11, and Sasha Vujacic made 2-of-3 free throws with 8:09 left in the game, after being fouled by Kenyon Martin on a three- point attempt. The foul shots pushed LA's lead to 102-84, and the Lakers cruised from there.
The Lakers scored the final eight points of the first quarter to take a 39-29 lead. Fisher had 16 points in the stanza.
"I came out to be aggressive from start to finish," Fisher said. "I wanted to get us off to a good start...It was a good feeling because we needed it."
The LA lead stretched to 55-38 on a Farmar layup with 7:02 left in the first half. Making Denver matters worse, Anthony went down about a minute later.
As the clock rolled under six minutes, he put up a mid-range jumper, then came down with his left foot landing on the foot of Kobe Bryant. He fell to the ground and grabbed for his ankle, and was helped off the court.
However, the Nuggets rallied late in the half, as three straight shots - a Martin jumper, Kleiza three, and another Martin jumper - brought Denver within seven. Farmar hit a three with seven seconds remaining, giving the Lakers a 67-57 halftime lead.
Denver persevered without Anthony, however, and used a 14-2 run in the third quarter to take the lead. Marcus Camby had six points, including a dunk to cap the surge with 3:45 remaining, giving the Nuggets a 79-77 edge.
LA's Coby Karl, son of George Karl, played 3:19 and scored one point...The Lakers made 11-of-25 on three-point attempts...Each team had 45 rebounds...Denver had 16 turnovers, to LA's 12.
01/22 02:03:11 ET