Denver built its lead to as many as 21 in the fourth quarter behind Ty Lawson's team-high 18 points while Othello Hunter chipped in 14 points off the bench. The Lakers' effort was led by Devin Ebanks' game-high 24 points and Derrick Caracter's 17 points.
The Nuggets jumped out to an 11-4 first-quarter lead and ended the quarter up six (25-19). Denver had a balanced attack with all five starters scoring, Shane Edwards and Ty Lawson led the way with six points apiece in the quarter while Coby Karl chipped in five. The Lakers were led by Caracter who also tallied six points.
Up 47-40 at the half, the Nuggets allowed the Lakers to cut the lead to just four on a 10-0 run late in the quarter. The Lakers' second-quarter attack was led by Ebanks with nine points and assisted by Caracter with nine points. Othello Hunter led the Nuggets in the second quarter with five points.
The Nuggets built their lead to as many as 11 in the third quarter and took a 10-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Both teams lost players to injuries during the contest. Lakers forward Rob Kurz left the game in the second quarter and received stitches in his head, and did not return to the game. Nuggets center Brian Butch left the arena on a stretcher during the third quarter with a knee injury and was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation.