Nuggets beat struggling Lakers 112-105

Nuggets beat struggling Lakers 112-105
January 7, 2013, 12:16 am
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 6: Ty Lawson #3 of the Denver Nuggets drives to the basket against Dwight Howard #12 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 6, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)


LOS ANGELES (AP) Ty Lawson had 21 points and 10 assists, Danilo Gallinari scored 20 points and hit a big 3-pointer with 13.8 seconds left, and the Denver Nuggets beat the struggling Los Angeles Lakers 112-105 Sunday night for their fifth win in seven games.

JaVale McGee scored 17 points for the Nuggets, who showed no signs of weariness after a home win over Utah one night earlier. Despite two last-minute 3-pointers by Kobe Bryant, Denver maintained a lead throughout the fourth quarter of its second win in 12 days over the Lakers.

Bryant scored 29 points and Dwight Howard had 14 points and a career high-tying 26 rebounds for the Lakers, who have lost three straight and four of five.