Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/1/12
LOS ANGELES -- Antawn Jamison had 33 points and 12 rebounds and Dwight Howard added his first 20-20 game in Los Angeles as the Los Angeles Lakers' super-subs lifted the team to a 123-102 win over the visiting Denver Nuggets on Friday night at Staples Center. The Los Angeles bench outscored Denver's 61-47 as Jamison and Jodie Meeks (21 points) combined to hit 20 of 28 shots in the Lakers' highest-scoring game of the season. Howard finished with 28 points, including a rare 3-pointer as the game winded down, and finished with 20 rebounds. Kobe Bryant had 14 points and Metta World Peace 10 for the Lakers, who made up for a meager six-point, seven-rebound performance by Pau Gasol. The Lakers built an early 10-point lead less than 10 minutes into the game and finished 47-for-87 from the field and 17-for-33 from 3-point range. Behind Howard and Jamison, Los Angeles out-rebounded Denver 46-38, and the Lakers also finished with 33 assists and just 11 turnovers. Danilo Gallinari had 19 points to lead Denver, which has lost three straight. Andre Igoudala had 14 points and Jordan Hamilton added 13 for the Nuggets. Los Angeles took a 71-57 halftime lead as Howard and Bryant traded off dominant quarters. Howard had 16 points and seven rebounds to give the Lakers a 34-27 lead after the first quarter, but he didn't score in the second quarter. Bryant, who had 40 points in the Lakers' 99-97 last-second loss to the Pacers on Nov. 27, had just two in the first quarter against the Nuggets but added 10 in the second. Bryant got some help in the second, though, as Meeks hit 5 of 6 3-pointers. Jamison added 14 points in the first half off the bench. Gallinari had 13 points at the half to lead the Nuggets, and Andre Miller and Javale McGee each tossed in eight off the bench. Notes: Point guards Steve Nash (fractured leg) and Steve Blake (abdominal strain) remain out for the Lakers. Darius Morris, whose start against Denver marked his ninth straight in place of Nash and Blake, had just one point on 0-for-6 shooting in the Lakers' 99-97 loss to Indiana on Nov. 27. ... Wilson Chandler (hip) and Julyan Stone (hip) both missed the game for Denver.
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