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Balanced Nuggets beat slumping Lakers 137-115

Monday - 1/6/2014, 12:10am  ET

Los Angeles Lakers guard Jodie Meeks, left, lays up a shot against Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov, right, of Russia during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ty Lawson had 20 points and 12 assists, Timofey Mozgov added 20 points and seven rebounds, and the Denver Nuggets beat the slumping Los Angeles Lakers 137-115 Sunday night for their second straight win after an eight-game skid.

Nate Robinson scored 21 points, while Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried added 17 apiece as the Nuggets dropped 77 points on the Lakers in the second half.

Denver emphatically earned a win for coach Brian Shaw in his first game back at Staples Center to face the Lakers as a head coach. The longtime Lakers guard and assistant coach was passed over for the top job in Los Angeles after Phil Jackson's departure.

Pau Gasol had 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists amid another round of trade rumors with the injury-battered Lakers, who have lost seven of eight.


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