The Denver Nuggets were able to return to town on Friday well ahead of most of the snow, but they weren't able to avoid a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers later at night. The Lakers picked up a 93-89 victory at the Pepsi Center. For the last 30 seconds of the game, the Nuggets played the Lakers to a 91-89 deficit, but Matt Barnes made two free throws in the final seconds of the game after an Andre Miller foul. This came right after Al Harrington missed a three-point shot with 3.7 second left on the clock.
Al Harrington continued to show why he is a strong candidate to be the Sixth Man of the Year, leading the team with 24 points and eight rebounds. Miller was the second-leading scorer with 16 points, another solid bench performance. Danilo Gallinari had a tough night shooting, connecting on just one of nine shots. He finished with six points and five rebounds.
Andrew Bynum was outstanding for the Lakers with a team-high 22 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks. Pau Gasol was also strong for the Lakers with 17 rebounds and 13 points. Kobe Bryant chipped in 20 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds.
The Nuggets (15-8, 7-4 home) are back on the road for a Saturday contest against the Portland Trail Blazers.