Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/2

Game 1: Tuesday, November 2nd
Game 2: Sunday, January 2nd
Game 3: Wednesday, January 12th
Game 4: Thursday, March 24th

Nuggets 91

(14-16, 4-10 away)

Lakers 99

(16-12, 11-6 home)

    Coverage: FSW

    6:30 PM ET, January 2, 2005

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    DEN 21 21 21 2891
    LAL 24 20 35 2099

    Top Performers

    Denver: C. Anthony 27 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Los Angeles: K. Bryant 42 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk

    Denver (14-15) at LA Lakers (15-12) 9:30 pm EST

    LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Interim coach Michael Cooper brings the Denver Nuggets to the Staples Center to face his former team, the Los Angeles Lakers, on Sunday.

    Cooper, who won five NBA titles with the Lakers during the 1980s, will be coaching the Nuggets for the second time after Jeff Bzdelik was fired Tuesday.

    Denver jumped out to an early 16-2 lead against the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday and broke a six-game losing streak with a 97-92 victory. Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points in his return after missing five games with a sprained ankle.

    The Nuggets played better defensively in the fourth quarter against Philadelphia. Allen Iverson was held to four points over the final 12 minutes and the 76ers committed 10 of their 23 turnovers.

    The Lakers have not played since Tuesday, when they established a season high in scoring with a 117-99 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

    Kobe Bryant suffered a sprained left shoulder in the first quarter but scored 48 points against Toronto, following his 42-point performance against the Miami Heat on Christmas Day.

    Caron Butler returned from a one-game suspension to score 18 points and grab nine rebounds for the Lakers, who outscored the Raptors, 36-19, in the fourth period and finished December with a 6-6 record.

    The Lakers defeated the Nuggets in the season opener November 2, 89-78. Bryant scored 25 points and Chris Mihm had a career-high 23 and 12 rebounds.