DENVER: Corey Brewer came off the bench and drained six three-pointers on Wednesday as the Denver Nuggets defeated Los Angeles Lakers 126-114 and snapped the Lakers’ NBA winning streak at five games.
Brewer led the Nuggets with 27 points. Kenneth Faried added 21 points and 15 rebounds and Ty Lawson chipped in 17 points and 14 assists for the Nuggets, who bounced back from a 112-100 Christmas Day loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
To do so, the Nuggets had to overcome 40 points from Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant.
Pau Gasol added 19 points for the Lakers - who were coming off a 100-94 victory over the New York Knicks in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Dwight Howard scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Lakers before he was ejected in the third quarter when he was whistled for a flagrant foul after making contact with the head of a driving Faried.
In another game, Josh Smith scored 31 points and Al Horford added 22 on Wednesday as the Atlanta Hawks held on for a 126-119 double-overtime NBA victory over the Detroit Pistons.
Smith added 10 rebounds, six assists and two blocked shots and Horford grabbed 10 rebounds for the Hawks, who squandered a 22-point fourth-quarter lead before managing to win their second straight.
Lou Williams added 18 points with eight rebounds and seven assists and Jeff Teague scored 17 points for Atlanta, who overcame 31 points from Detroit reserve Will Bynum.
In the first overtime period, both teams struggled offensively. Detroit edged ahead 108-104 with 1:40 remaining.
Horford made a layup to cut the gap to two points, and Teague made two free throws to tie it up at 108-108 and from there they went to the second overtime. The Hawks used a 9-4 scoring run to take a 117-112 lead but a Bynum basket trimmed the deficit to 117-114.
Kyle Korver then drained a three-pointer with 1:40 remaining to stretch the Hawks’ lead to 120-114. Williams’ jump shot gave the Hawks an eight-point lead and they held on for the win.