Wednesday , Jan , 12 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Denver Nuggets Team Report – January 12

=== Denver Nuggets Team Report – January 12 ===

(Sports Network) – The Denver Nuggets try to halt a five-game losing streak
tonight, as they welcome Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers to the Pepsi
Center.

Bryant makes his first trip to Denver since Eagle County District Attorney
Mark Hurlbert announced on September 1st that sexual assault charges against
the six-time All-Star had been dismissed.

Bryant was accused of sexually assaulting a then 19-year-old woman while in
Colorado in June 2003 for surgery on his right knee. If he was convicted of
the Class 3 felony, Bryant, who was forced to play virtually all of the
2003-04 season while traveling between Colorado and Los Angeles, could have
faced penalties ranging from four years to life in prison or 20 years to life
on probation.

This is the third meeting of the season between the Lakers and Nuggets. In the
previous two contests, LA defeated Denver twice at the Staples Center. The
teams will play one final time this season on March 24th at the Pepsi Center.

Overall, the Lakers have won four straight and nine of the last 10 meetings in
this series. LA has won five of six and six of its last nine at Denver.

On Tuesday, Denver fell to the Sacramento Kings, 109-100, at ARCO Arena.
Kenyon Martin led the Nuggets with 17 points and nine rebounds. Andre Miller
and Carmelo Anthony both contributed 16 points for Denver, which suffered its
11th straight loss in its last 12 contests.

Denver, which won the battle on the glass 47-42, fell to 4-12 on the road this
season and has dropped seven straight road tilts.

The Nuggets are 10-8 as the host this season. Denver has lost four of its last
five games at home.

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