Nuggets' Brewer punishes Lakers
Corey Brewer matched his career high with 27 points and the Denver Nuggets overcame a 40-point effort by Kobe Bryant to beat the Los Angeles...
The Associated Press
DENVER — Corey Brewer matched his career high with 27 points and the Denver Nuggets overcame a 40-point effort by Kobe Bryant to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 126-114 Wednesday night for their seventh consecutive victory at home.
Brewer hit four of his six three-pointers in the final 12-plus minutes, helping the Nuggets hold off the Lakers, whose five-game winning streak was snapped.
Bryant, who hit 40 points for the 116th time in his career, has scored 30 or more points in 10 consecutive games.
Kenneth Faried had 21 points and 15 rebounds, and Danilo Gallinari added 19 points for Denver.
Ty Lawson had 17 points to go with 14 assists, and Andre Iguodala also scored 17 points.
The Lakers lost Dwight Howard to an ejection with 5:02 left in the third quarter. He was called for a flagrant foul 2 when he jammed his hand in Faried's face as the Nuggets forward drove the lane.
Faried tumbled to the floor, but shook off the fall to stay in the game.
Pau Gasol added 19 points for the Lakers and Steve Nash had 15 points in his third game back from a leg injury that sidelined him for 24 games.
Leading by three points at the half, the Nuggets went on a 10-0 run capped by a three-pointer by Gallinari for a 73-60 lead midway through the third quarter.
The Nuggets scored five consecutive points after Howard's ejection, including one of two free throws by Faried for an 84-72 advantage.
Brewer and Iguodala each hit three-pointers in the opening minutes of the final period as Denver worked hard to gain a 15-point advantage.
Depleted Knicks pull out win
PHOENIX — J.R. Smith sank a baseline 21-footer at the buzzer after a Phoenix turnover with a second to play, giving the injury-riddled New York Knicks a 99-97 victory.
Smith's tough jumper from 15 feet had tied it at 97 with 10.6 seconds left. Then, after the turnover, Jason Kidd inbounded to Smith, who got the shot off as he sailed toward the out of bounds line. Smith scored 27 and Kidd 23.
Jared Dudley had a career-high 36 for Phoenix, including two free throws that put the Suns ahead 97-95 with 34.5 seconds to go.
New York was without the NBA's No. 2 scorer Carmelo Anthony (hyperextended knee) and Raymond Felton (sprained finger), both hurt in the Christmas day loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles.
Around the league
Spencer Hawes, a former Seattle Prep and Washington standout, had a season-high 20 points to help lead Philadelphia to a 99-89 victory at Memphis.
• Stephen Curry had 23 points and former Washington State star Klay Thompson added 15 to help visiting Golden State Warriors beat Utah, 94-73.
• The Indiana Pacers-Chicago Bull game was postponed by a snowstorm that hit the Indianapolis area. The Pacers announced the postponement Wednesday afternoon, a few hours before the scheduled tip-off. No date was set for rescheduling the game.