Lakers-Nuggets notebook

THE FACTS: Carmelo Anthony had 32 points and 13 rebounds and the Denver Nuggets rallied in the fourth quarter to hand the Los Angeles Lakers their first loss of the season, 118-112.

QUOTABLE: “When we went small our speed beat their size.”
— Nuggets coach George Karl

THE STAT: Backup point guard Ty Lawson scored 11 of his 17 points early in the fourth to spark a 16-0 Denver run and give his team a six-point lead.

TURNING POINT: Tied at 105, J.R. Smith hit a 3-pointer to spark an 11-0 Nuggets run to give them the lead for good.

QUOTABLE II: “It sucked.”
— Lakers coach Phil Jackson on his team’s play in the fourth quarter

HOT: Lakers reserve guard Shannon Brown had 19 points and two highlight-reel dunks in a losing effort.

NOT: Lamar Odom couldn’t take advantage of Denver’s lack of size, going 1-for-6 from the field and scoring just three points.

FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: Pau Gasol continues to put up strong numbers early in the season. He had 17 points and 20 rebounds, his fifth double-double in his last six games.

GOOD MOVE: Karl went small to start the fourth quarter and it was effective. Lawson’s quickness got him into the lane and created opportunities for him and his teammates and the Lakers defensively had trouble catching up with the Nuggets’ speed on the perimeter.

ROOKIE WATCH: Nuggets forward Gary Forbes provided a spark off the bench in just 16 minutes of play.

NOTABLE: Kobe Bryant scored his 26,000th career point with a 13-foot jumper with 49 seconds into the second half. At 32 years, 80 days he is the youngest player to reach the mark, besting Wilt Chamberlain by 34 days.

UP NEXT: For the Lakers, Sunday vs. Phoenix, Tuesday @ Milwaukee, Wednesday @ Detroit. For the Nuggets, Monday @ Phoenix, Tuesday vs. New York, Thursday @ Portland.

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