Up next for the Lakers: Friday at Denver

When: 7:30 PST.

Where: Pepsi Center.

On the air: TV: ESPN, Channel 9; Radio: 710, 1330.

Records: Lakers 13-9; Nuggets 15-7 .

Record vs. Nuggets: 1-1.

Update: A year after the Carmelo Anthony trade, the Nuggets look like the clear winner, partly because of the emergence of Italian sharpshooting forward Danilo Gallinari, once considered a throw-in. Gallinari is averaging a career-best 17.4 points a game and recently signed a four-year, $42-million contract extension. In the first week of this season the Lakers and Nuggets split a pair of back-to-backs, with each team winning at home.


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