Double Trouble for Nuggets: Anthony Hurt in Big Loss

Kobe hands out assists to Lakers, injury to 'Melo in 116-99 Denver loss
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2008 3:40 AM CST
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (24) passes behind Denver Nuggets' Yakhouba Diawara, right, for an assist during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 21, 2008, in Los Angeles. Lakers...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Kobe Bryant's foot is as dangerous as his jumper, apparently—when Denver's Carmelo Anthony came down on it in the second period of last night's 116-99 loss to the Lakers, he got up with a sprained ankle. Kobe's contribution to the Lakers was a pass-first offense, with 17 points and 11 assists, reports the Rocky Mountain News.

Derek Fisher led the Lakers with 28 points on six three-pointers. Allen Iverson contribued 24 points and seven assists, but although his Nuggets briefly held a lead in the third quarter, the Lakers were easily able to pull away. In addition to Anthony, Denver is also missing Chucky Atkins and Eduardo Najera to injuries and Nene to surgery.