All the Denver starters finished in double figures, but it was Brewer who created the biggest spark by making 6-of-7 from beyond the arc.
The Nuggets ended the Lakers' five-game winning streak. Los Angeles missed a chance to move above the breakeven mark for the first time since the Lakers were 6-5 on Nov. 20.
Denver survived a 40-point show from Kobe Bryant, who made 13-of-24 shots from the field. Pau Gasol added 19 points and Dwight Howard had 12. Howard was ejected in the third period after being given a flagrant-two foul for hitting Faried on the head while Faried was driving to the basket.
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