DENVER - NOVEMBER 11: Ron Artest #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers is fouled by Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets as he puts up a shot infront of Nene #31 of the Nuggets at Pepsi Center on November 11 2010 in Denver Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this Photograph User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Lakers Vs. Nuggets: Carmelo Anthony's 32 Points Send Los Angeles Lakers To First Loss Of Season

The Denver Nuggets turned things up in the fourth quarter to beat the now 8-1 Los Angeles Lakers, 118-112.

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Carmelo Anthony And Denver Nuggets Send Los Angeles Lakers To First Loss Of Season

The Denver Nuggets defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 118-112, on Thursday to send them to their first loss of the season. Entering the fourth quarter the Nuggets were down 93-85, but the team came out and outscored the Lakers, 33-19, to secure the victory. Point guard Ty Lawson was essential during the final quarter, scoring 11 of his 17 points. He also had five assists over the course of the game.

Carmelo Anthony posted a double-double with 32 points and 13 rebounds. Contrary to what Charles Barkley said during halftime on TNT, Anthony looked like he was out there to win, not to just put up points. Nene added 18 points and Chauncey Billups had 15. J.R, Smith also had a solid game of 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and a steal.

As a team, the Nuggets shot 48.9 percent on field goals and made 80.6 percent of their free throws.

For the Lakers, Kobe Bryant scored 34 points and gave out five assists. Pau Gasol also turned in a typical performance, scoring 17 points and grabbing 20 off the boards. Shannon Brown had 19 points off the bench.

The Nuggets are 5-4 on the season, and the Lakers are now 8-1.

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Lakers Vs. Nuggets: Kobe Bryant Becomes Youngest Player To Score 26,000 Points

Needing only 17 points to reach 26,000 in his career, the Los Angeles LakersKobe Bryant scored it on a shot early in the third quarter. He is the youngest player to reach that scoring plateau.

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Lakers Vs. Nuggets: Los Angeles Leads By Five Over Denver, 64-59

The Los Angeles Lakers are half way to a 9-0 start by leading the Denver Nuggets, 64-59, at halftime. The Lakers’ Ron Artest has had the best first half, scoring 14 points, pulling down four boards, dishing out two assists, blocking two shots and stealing a ball. Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol have been beasts around the boards, pulling down 10 rebounds and eight rebounds, respectively. Kobe Bryant has 13 points and three assists.

Carmelo Anthony leads the Denver Nuggets with 15 points and seven rebounds. Nene has added 12 points and five rebounds. At one point, the Nuggets had regained the lead from the Lakers, but over the last few minutes of the second quarter the Lakers took control of the court again.

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