Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 1)

Series starts 10/20

Game 1: Thursday, October 20th

Nuggets 105

(3-1, 2-0 away)

Lakers 94

(2-3, 2-3 home)

Coverage: FSW

7:30 PM ET, October 20, 2005

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

1 2 3 4 T
DEN 32 31 26 16105
LAL 23 30 20 2194

'Melo lights up Lake Show in L.A.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Carmelo Anthony had 26 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and Kenyon Martin added 16 points to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 105-94 exhibition victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.

Kwame Brown led Los Angeles with 16 points on 7-for-8 shooting. Kobe Bryant had 15 points and three assists in 30 minutes and was 6-for-16 from the field for the Lakers, who shot 42.5 percent, including 3-for-17 from 3-point range.

Denver opened the game with a 16-3 run that included six of Anthony's 20 first-half points. His 3-pointer gave the Nuggets a 63-53 halftime lead.

DerMarr Johnson's three-point play capped an 11-2 spurt that gave Denver an 81-61 lead with 5:08 left in the third quarter. Less than 1½ minutes later, Martin slammed home a perfect alley-oop feed from Anthony, and the Lakers got no closer than 11 points after that as Greg Buckner and Anthony Miller contributed the bulk of Denver's offense in the fourth quarter.

Phil Jackson, coaching the Lakers at Staples Center for the first time since the 2004 playoffs, got a standing ovation when he took his place on the sidelines toward the end of the pregame shootaround. He acknowledged the crowd with a nod of his head and a wide grin that he usually reserves for championship clinchers.

Nuggets coach George Karl, who has been suspended for the first three games of the regular season, allowed assistant Scott Brooks to coach this game and get a taste of what will be required of him when the Nuggets open the season at San Antonio and then take on the Lakers and Portland at home. Karl was not on the bench, but he was in the arena.

Karl violated NBA policy last May when he attended a workout at Milwaukee that was run by Rick Majerus, the former coach at the University of Utah. He went there to watch his son Cody play, but two players who were not yet draft eligible also were working out -- including Illinois point guard Deron Williams, who eventually was drafted third overall by the Utah Jazz. Karl was also fined $20,000.

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