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Nuggets reserve guard Ty Lawson left the game with 5:53 left in the first half because of a bruised left shoulder.
This was the first meeting in which both teams had their regular starting lineups intact. On Nov. 3 at Denver, the Nuggets ended a six-game winning streak by the Lakers.
In the second meeting on Feb. 5 at Staples Center, Billups compensated for the absence of the injured Anthony by equaling a career high with 39 points in a 126-113 win that snapped an eight-game winning streak by the Lakers.
NOTE: Denver coach George Karl, who missed Thursday's game at Golden State to undergo treatment for throat and neck cancer, doesn't expect to miss another one until March 10 at Minnesota. He also is doubtful for the game at New Orleans two nights later, and possibly another one during Denver's five-game trip at the end of the month. "I'm not going to miss treatments. So when we're on the road during the middle of the week, I'm probably going to miss those games," said Karl, who received good wishes and a warm handshake from Jack Nicholson at courtside. "I'm going to be tough, but I'm not going to be stupid-tough. The radiation and the chemotherapy treatment will get harsher and more difficult in weeks to come, but putting off the treatment would not have made any sense."
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