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NBA scores: Pacific Division beats Nuggets

The Nuggets faced Pacific Division foes on back-to-back nights, and came up empty.

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The Los Angeles Lakers handed the Denver Nuggets their second loss in as many nights on Friday with a 122-103 victory at the Staples Center. Antawn Jamison was the surprising scoring leader, as the veteran scored 33 points. Dwight Howard added 20 rebounds to help the Lakers move to 8-8 on the year.

The victory allowed the Lakers to keep pace with the first-place Clippers and Warriors. Golden State also beat the Nuggets this week. They took down Denver, 106-105, on Thursday night with the help of 31 points and nine rebounds from David Lee.

In other Pacific Division action, the Suns went to Toronto and lost, 101-97, on Friday. Marcin Gortat and Jared Dudley had 14 points each to lead the Suns in a losing effort. Phoenix finished with five players in double figures, but it wasn't enough to get a victory north of the border.

The Kings also lost on Friday night. Sacramento fell 97-92 to the Indiana Pacers.

For a complete list of games, be sure to check out SI.com's NBA scores page.