November 29, 2007 @STAPLES Center
Nuggets 99, Lakers 127
In their first meeting this season, the Lakers pummeled the Nuggets by 28 points, leading by 12 at the end of the first quarter and never looking back. L.A.’s guards had a field day against a helpless Denver defense with Kobe leading the way with 24 points to go along with Sasha Vujacic’s career high 22 points. While the Lakers had yet to complete their blockbuster trade for Pau Gasol, the Lakers’ big men still dominated the Nuggets frontline with Andrew Bynum tallying 12 points and 13 rebounds. Even Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson only combined for 44 points—eight below their season average—in a game where seemingly everything went wrong for Denver.
December 5, 2007 @PEPSI Center
Lakers 111, Nuggets 107
In another early season battle, the Lakers won a nail biter in the Rocky Mountains, with Kobe scoring six of the team’s final eight points in a clutch 25-point effort. Allen Iverson led the way for the Nuggets scoring a season-high 51 points, but, as been the case all season, Denver was unable to stop their opponent when it mattered most. In a possible preview of their First Round matchup, Fisher and Vladimir Radmanovic took full advantage of the Nugget’s defensive lapses en route to 41 points between them, 20 from Derek and 21 from Vladi. Once again, the Nuggets did a poor job of taking care of the ball against the Lakers, turning the ball over 17 times after giving it away 18 times in their previous meeting.
January 21, 2008 @STAPLES Center
Nuggets 99, Lakers 116
Derek Fisher (28 points) and Jordan Farmar (19 points) and the rest of the Lakers guards dominated the Nuggets for a second consecutive game, while holding Denver’s primary guards to just 28 points. Lamar Odom also had a great all-around game for the purple and gold, finishing with a near triple double with 15 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Once again turnovers plagued the Nuggets as they gave the ball away 16 times, compared to only 12 times for the Lakers. Marcus Camby provided one of the lone bright spots for Denver, scoring 18 points and grabbing 12 rebounds with Andrew Bynum out with injury.