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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      LA LAKERS        21   14   27   21    83   
      DENVER           23   26   25   21    95      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   LAL - CARON BUTLER 18, KOBE BRYANT 16, LAMAR 
                      ODOM 13
                DEN - KENYON MARTIN 18, CARMELO ANTHONY 17, 
                      ANDRE MILLER 15

HIGH REBOUND:   LAL - LAMAR ODOM 12, THREE PLAYERS WITH 5
                DEN - MARCUS CAMBY 15, ANDRE MILLER 5, CARMELO
                      ANTHONY 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   LAL - KOBE BRYANT 7, CHUCKY ATKINS 3, LAMAR 
                      ODOM 3
                DEN - ANDRE MILLER 7, EARL BOYKINS 4, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   18,171

Box Score

LA LAKERS (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Butler 32 4-8 10-13 1-2 1 3 18 L Odom 33 4-12 3-6 3-12 3 4 13 C Mihm 28 6-10 0-1 1-5 0 3 12 K Bryant 40 5-14 4-6 1-5 7 2 16 C Atkins 32 2-8 1-2 1-3 3 0 5 B Grant 14 1-1 0-0 1-3 0 1 2 B Cook 9 0-8 0-0 2-4 1 1 0 J Jones 16 0-4 0-0 1-5 1 4 0 T Brown 16 2-5 2-2 0-0 0 0 6 L Walton 8 0-0 0-0 0-1 2 0 0 S Vujacic 6 2-2 2-2 0-1 0 0 7 S Medvedenko 6 2-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 4 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-74 22-32 12-42 18 18 83 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.378, FT-.688. 3-Point Goals: 5-29, .172 (C Butler 0-3, L Odom 2-2, K Bryant 2-8, C Atkins 0-4, B Cook 0-6, J Jones 0-4, T Brown 0-1, S Vujacic 1-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:6 (K Bryant 2, B Grant, J Jones, L Odom, C Mihm). Turnovers:16 (L Odom 5, C Mihm 4, L Walton 2, B Grant, T Brown, C Butler, K Bryant, C Atkins). Steals: 4 (K Bryant 3, B Grant). DENVER (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Martin 27 9-12 0-1 0-4 3 1 18 C Anthony 28 7-14 3-4 1-5 1 3 17 M Camby 29 2-6 4-5 1-15 1 1 8 G Buckner 34 2-8 0-0 2-3 3 4 4 A Miller 38 6-12 3-4 3-5 7 2 15 D Johnson 14 3-3 2-2 0-2 1 2 9 Nene 23 3-9 4-4 2-4 1 3 10 F Elson 11 0-1 2-2 0-4 1 1 2 E Boykins 19 4-9 0-0 0-0 4 3 8 B Russell 9 0-2 0-0 0-2 1 2 0 R White 6 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 4 N Tskitishvili 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-80 18-22 9-45 24 23 95 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.475, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (C Anthony 0-1, G Buckner 0-3, D Johnson 1-1, F Elson 0-1, B Russell 0-1, N Tskitishvili 0-1). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:3 (K Martin 3). Turnovers:11 (Nene 3, E Boykins 2, K Martin 2, M Camby, C Anthony, A Miller, G Buckner). Steals: 8 (A Miller 3, G Buckner 3, B Russell, C Anthony). ------------------------------------------- LA LAKERS 21 14 27 21 - 83 DENVER 23 26 25 21 - 95 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Denver - 1 (B Russell, 2:01 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,171. T: 2:08. Officials: Blane Reichelt, Courtney Kirkland, Dick Bavetta.


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (83) AT DENVER (95) LA LAKERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === C BUTLER F 32 4-8 10-13 1 1 2 1 3 0 1 18 L ODOM F 33 4-12 3-6 3 9 12 3 4 0 5 13 C MIHM C 28 6-10 0-1 1 4 5 0 3 0 4 12 K BRYANT G 40 5-14 4-6 1 4 5 7 2 3 1 16 C ATKINS G 32 2-8 1-2 1 2 3 3 0 0 1 5 B GRANT 14 1-1 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 1 1 2 B COOK 9 0-8 0-0 2 2 4 1 1 0 0 0 J JONES 16 0-4 0-0 1 4 5 1 4 0 0 0 T BROWN 16 2-5 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 L WALTON 8 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 2 0 S VUJACIC 6 2-2 2-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 7 S MEDVEDENKO 6 2-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 TOTALS 240 28-74 22-32 12 30 42 18 18 4 16 83 (.378) (.688) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 17 (15 PTS) DENVER REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K MARTIN F 27 9-12 0-1 0 4 4 3 1 0 2 18 C ANTHONY F 28 7-14 3-4 1 4 5 1 3 1 1 17 M CAMBY C 29 2-6 4-5 1 14 15 1 1 0 1 8 G BUCKNER G 34 2-8 0-0 2 1 3 3 4 3 1 4 A MILLER G 38 6-12 3-4 3 2 5 7 2 3 1 15 D JOHNSON 14 3-3 2-2 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 9 NENE 23 3-9 4-4 2 2 4 1 3 0 3 10 F ELSON 11 0-1 2-2 0 4 4 1 1 0 0 2 E BOYKINS 19 4-9 0-0 0 0 0 4 3 0 2 8 B RUSSELL 9 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 1 0 0 R WHITE 6 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 4 N TSKITISHVILI 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 240 38-80 18-22 9 36 45 24 23 8 11 95 (.475) (.818) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 11 (9 PTS) LA LAKERS 21 14 27 21 - 83 DENVER 23 26 25 21 - 95 BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - K BRYANT 2, B GRANT, J JONES, L ODOM, C MIHM. DENVER - K MARTIN 3. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 5-29 (.172), C BUTLER 0-3, L ODOM 2-2, K BRYANT 2-8, C ATKINS 0-4, B COOK 0-6, J JONES 0-4, T BROWN 0-1, S VUJACIC 1-1. DENVER 1-8 (.125), C ANTHONY 0-1, G BUCKNER 0-3, D JOHNSON 1- 1, F ELSON 0-1, B RUSSELL 0-1, N TSKITISHVILI 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: DENVER - B RUSSELL. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BLANE REICHELT, COURTNEY KIRKLAND, DICK BAVETTA. A - 18,171. T - 2:08.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- Ten days ago, Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant started Denver's losing streak with an explosive second half. Kenyon Martin and the Nuggets weren't going to let that happen again. Martin scored 18 points and the Nuggets used a balanced attack to snap a five-game slide with a 95-83 victory over the Lakers. On January 2, Bryant scored 31 of his 42 points after halftime to lift Los Angeles to a 99-91 victory over Denver, which went on to lose its next four. Bryant, who was playing his first game in Colorado since sexual assault charges against him were dropped this summer, withered under the constant boos at the Pepsi Center and outstanding defense by Greg Buckner. He shot 5-of-14 from the floor and scored just five of his 16 points in the second half. "It wasn't me, it was a team effort," Buckner said. "We had a game plan to try to slow him down and the first two games it didn't work and that's why they got victories. Tonight it worked and we got the W." "Tonight we had some energy there and we got going early," Nuggets guard Andre Miller said. "It was a good defensive effort. I think the biggest thing was us getting off to a better start. Everybody was into it. Knowing that our bodies were tired, guys didn't get that much rest, we kept our heads in it and focused." Bryant's jumper gave Los Angeles a 24-23 lead in the second quarter before Denver took over with a 22-4 burst. Eight Nuggets scored during the run, including Rodney White, whose hoop capped the surge at 45-28 with 2;40 left in the first half. Martin made 9-of-12 shots and Anthony sank 7-of-14 for 17 points as the Nuggets outshot the Lakers, 47.5 percent (38-of-80) to 38 percent (28-of-74). With their flight from Sacramento arriving late this morning, the Nuggets seemed to have tiredlegs in the first quarter and Lakers got good looks at the basket, shooting 10-of-19 from the floor but trailing, 23-21. Denver interim coach Michael Cooper, who has a 2-5 record, countered the weariness by rotating players nearly every three minutes, trying to keep his team as fresh as possible. "Coach (Michael) Cooper started the rotation early and because of that we were able to keep the bodies on the floor fresh," Martin said. "On defense, the difference was that we were helping each other out and moving when we needed to move." Despite the solid first quarter, Los Angeles had just three baskets in the second period. It shot just 33 percent(18-of-55) over the final 36 minutes and finished with 16 turnovers. "We shot the ball terribly, no excuses about it," Bryant said. "We had our looks. We just weren't hitting shots. We'll have nights like that. We cut the deficit to 10, had some nice open looks, they just didn't fall. It felt like our effort wasn't there." "It seems like we've been in a position to take a nice step forward after winning two games which we've done several times and it was a big (bleeping) disappointment," Lakers coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "Defensively and the turnovers early, we just didn't have it. They're the guys who've been up all night. We talked about this being a winnable game if we played our game, but we came out flat." Miller scored 15 points and Nene chipped in 10 off the bench as Denver's reserves outscored its LA counterparts, 33-19. "What I was most impressed by tonight was that we got the lead and kept adding to that lead," Cooper said. "We were also able to keep our turnovers down. It is good to win one, so now we can build on that." The win also snapped Denver's nine-game losing streak to Western Conference opponents. Caron Butler scored 18 points and Lamar Odom had 13 and 12 rebounds for Los Angeles.


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