New defeat over 130 pts for the Lakers!, Gasol 27pts ...
Los Angeles Lakers 126-134 Denver (Gasol 27pts LAL, Faried 32pts, Lawson 30pts DEN) http://www.nba.com/video/games/nuggets/2014/03/07/0021300925-lal-den-recap.nba
THE FACT: The Denver Nuggets swept the season series from the Los Angeles Lakers for the first time since entering the NBA in 1976.
THE LEAD: Kenneth Faried had a career-high 32 points to go with 13 rebounds, Ty Lawson had 30 points and tied a career high with 17 assists and the Denver Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Lakers 134-126 on Friday night.
Wilson Chandler had 19 points for the Nuggets (27-34), who had all five starters score in double figures in winning their second in a row.
Denver is averaging 125 points in the last three games since Lawson returned from a fractured rib.
Pau Gasol had 27 points, Ryan Kelly had 24 points and 11 rebounds and Jordan Farmar also scored 24 for the Lakers (21-42), who allowed more than 130 points for the third straight game.
QUOTABLE: "Coach said he wanted us to score 40 a quarter. He said he wanted us to get 160. There wasn't much defense being played but we won nonetheless."
-- Ty Lawson
THE STAT: The Nuggets have scored 40 or more points in a quarter in each of the last three games. They had 45 in the fourth quarter against Minnesota on Monday, 41 in the first against Dallas on Wednesday and 42 in the first against the Lakers on Friday.
TURNING POINT: The Lakers actually led by two nearly five minutes into the second quarter before Denver pulled away. The Nuggets went on an 11-2 run late in the half to take a 77-66 lead at intermission. Randy Foye's 3-pointer early in the third gave Denver a double-digit lead, and it didn't get below 10 until late in the fourth quarter.
QUOTABLE II: "You can't win that way. We are trying everything we can do. I don't know if the air has gone out or we are tired or what the problem is."
-- Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni
HOT: The Nuggets starters shot 78 percent in the first half. Chandler (6-for-6), Faried (7-for-7) and Lawson (8-for-10) led the way for a group that put up 70 of the team's 77 points at intermission.
QUOTABLE III: "Great individual efforts (by) Ty and Kenneth. Great balance in our starting lineup. It's a win, we'll take it. Good for us to finish on this note before we head out on this road trip and build up some confidence."
-- Nuggets coach Brian Shaw
NOT: The Lakers occupy the cellar in the Western Conference, and a peek into the last three games is a big clue. Los Angeles' defense has been borderline atrocious. New Orleans, the Clippers and Nuggets combined for 377 points in the last three games.
QUOTABLE IV: "Our defense needs to get better. If we give teams an average of 140 points every night it's not good enough."
-- Lakers center Robert Sacre
INSIDE THE ARENA: Former Nuggets player and team executive Kiki Vandeweghe was back at Pepsi Center.
GOOD MOVE: Lawson is one of the quickest players in the NBA, and he showed it late in the first half. With Lakers guard Jodie Meeks covering him on the perimeter, Lawson used an ankle-breaking crossover to get past the defender and feed Timofey Mozgov for a layup.
BAD MOVE: There was nothing the Lakers could do to stop Denver. Tired legs from playing their fourth game in five nights contributed, but they did make a charge in the fourth. Things don't get easier. Their next four games are home-and-homes with Oklahoma City and San Antonio.
ROOKIE WATCH: Lakers forward Kelly was a basket from tying his career-high in points, and his free throws pulled his team within eight late in the game. It gave the throng of L.A. fans something to cheer about. His lowlight came when he passively tried to take a charge on Chandler, who dunked over the rookie and drew the foul.
NOTABLE: Lakers guard Kendall Marshall finished with 14 assists. ... Lawson is averaging 27 points and 11.3 assists since returning to the lineup Monday. ... Los Angeles held a 47-43 edge on the boards a night after getting outrebounded by the Clippers, 64-33. ... The Nuggets shot a better percentage from 3-point range (58.3) than they did at the line (57.1).
UP NEXT: For the Lakers, Sunday vs. Oklahoma City, Thursday @ Oklahoma City, Friday @ San Antonio.
NBA ALL STAR 2014
East 163-155 West (Irving 31pts, C.Anthony 30pts EAS, K.Durant 38pts, Griffin 38pts WES)
NBA Results Season 2013-2014
March 2 http://watch.nba.com/nba/video/channels/top_plays/2014/03/02/20140302-sundays-top-10.nba: New York Knicks 90-109 Chicago Bulls, Golden State 98-104 Toronto (Curry 34pts GOL, DeRozan 32pts TOR), Utah 91-94 Indiana, Philadelphie 81-92 Orlando (T.Young 29pts PHI, Harris 31pts ORL), Charlotte 99-116 Oklahoma City (K.Durant 28pts OKC), Dallas 106-112 San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta 120-129 Phoenix (Teague 29pts ATL, C.Green 33pts PHO)
March 3 http://www.nba.com/video/channels/top_plays/2014/03/03/20140303-mondays-top-10-plays.nba: Memphis 110-104 Washington, Chicago Bulls 80-96 Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks 85-96 Detroit (C.Anthony 28pts N-Y), Charlotte 107-124 Miami (Jefferson 38pts!! CHA, L.James 61pts!!!! MIA), Utah 88-114 Milauwkee (Kanter 27pts UTA, Ilyasova 31pts MIL), Minnesota 132-128 Denver (K.Love 33pts MIN, Lawson 31pts DEN), New Orleans 89-96 Sacramento (Evans 27pts N-O)
March 4 http://www.nba.com/video/channels/top_plays/2014/03/04/20140304-tuesday-top10.nba: San Antonio Spurs 122-101 Cleveland, Golden State 98-96 Indiana (West 27pts IND), Miami 103-106 Houston, Philadelphie 92-125 Oklahoma City (K.Durant 42pts!!! OKC), Los Angeles Clippers 104-96 Phoenix (Barnes 28pts LAC)
March 5 http://www.nba.com/video/channels/top_plays/2014/03/05/20140305-wednesday-top10.nba: Indiana 87-109 Charlotte (Jefferson 34pts CHA), Houston 101-89 Orlando (Harden 31pts HOU), Utah 91-104 Washington, Golden State 108-88 Boston, Memphis 94-103 Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls 105-94 Detroit (Monroe 27pts DET), Sacramento 116-102 Milauwkee, New York Knicks 118-106 Minnesota (C.Anthony 33pts N-Y), Dallas 110-115 Denver (Nowitzki 27pts DAL), Atlanta 78-102 Portland
March 6 http://www.nba.com/video/channels/top_plays/2014/03/06/20140306-thursday-top5.nba: Miami 87-111 San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City 122-128 Phoenix (Westbrook 36pts!, K.Durant 34pts OKC, C.Green 41pts!!! PHO)
March 7 http://www.nba.com/video/channels/top_plays/2014/03/07/20140307-top-10.nba: Memphis 85-77 Chicago Bulls, Cleveland 92-101 Charlotte (Jefferson 28pts CHA), Sacramento 87-99 Toronto, Brooklyn Nets 84-91 Boston, Utah 81-108 New York Knicks (C.Anthony 29pts N-Y), Detroit 101-114 Minnesota (K.Love 28pts MIN), Milauwkee 104-112 New Orleans (Davis 29pts N-O), Portland 98-103 Dallas (Aldridge 30pts POR), Indiana 86-112 Houston (Harden 28pts HOU), Atlanta 97-111 Golden State
March 8: New York Knicks-Cleveland, Utah-Philadelphie, Charlotte-Memphis, Orlando-San Antonio Spurs, Washington-Milauwkee, Atlanta-Los Angeles Clippers
Kobe Passes Wilt for Fourth All-Time
Chamberlain isn't the only center of note Bryant surpassed this season; he moved past Shaquille O'Neal on February 2 at Philadelphia. And in 2010-11, the Black Mamba surpassed Hall of Famers Moses Malone, Elvin Hayes, Hakeem Olajuwon, Oscar Robertson, Dominique Wilkins and John Havlicek.
Bryant also ranks second in NBA history for total points with a single franchise, passing Jordan's 29,277 with Chicago in L.A.'s March 27, 2012 victory at vs. Golden State. Only Malone's 36,374 with Utah beat Kobe's current mark. For the Lakers record, Bryant surpassed the great Jerry West during the 2009-10 season, West having scored 25,192 in purple and gold.
How many more points Bryant scores appears to be up to him, and how many more seasons he wants to play. One suspects he'd want to at least surpass Jordan, the man after whom he shaped his game and drive more than anybody else.
Only time will tell on that one. Regardless, ranking fourth in the history of basketball is already a much more impressive task than current perspective can lend to the feat.
2013 NBA champion Miami