Bynum, Bryant lead Lakers past Nuggets
Orlando 102-94 Cleveland Philadelphia 79-99 Miami Oklahoma 101-94 Memphis
Boston 91-89 New York
Houston 99-81 Phoenix Dallas 87-98 Indiana
DENVER - The Los Angeles Lakers opened a season-high six-game trip Friday night with a rare win in Denver, where the Nuggets were bleary-eyed and, in Danilo Gallinari’s case, blurry-eyed.
Lakers coach Mike Brown was simply red-faced after a non-call in the waning seconds gave Denver one last shot at the victory.
Andrew Bynum scored 22 points and Kobe Bryant added 20 in their 93-89 win that wasn’t secured until Al Harrington missed a 3-point attempt with 2 seconds left that would have put Denver ahead.
“A step-back, that’s my favorite shot,” said Harrington, who hit two big 3-pointers earlier in the fourth quarter. “I thought it was going to go in.”
Pau Gasol added 14 points and 17 rebounds for the Lakers, who won for the third time in 10 road games this season and prevailed in Denver for only the second time in their last seven trips to the Pepsi Center.
The Lakers took control after Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov rolled his left ankle after scoring a bucket early in the second half. He was helped to the locker room by Chris Andersen and Julyan Stone without putting any pressure on his left foot and didn’t return. The Nuggets said X-rays were negative.