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ESPN: Rookie Ty Lawson had 29 points, six assists and five steals to help the Denver Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Lakers 119-105 on Friday night in the exhibition finale for both teams.
The Nuggets (4-4) played without Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups after coach George Karl gave them the night off, while the Lakers (6-2) were without 7-footers Pau Gasol (strained right hamstring) and Andrew Bynum (strained right shoulder).
Kobe Bryant played only 9:51, all in the first quarter, and scored six points for the Lakers, while Sasha Vujacic had 18 points.
The game was punctuated by eight technical fouls and two flagrant fouls from the replacement officials. The Lakers’ Lamar Odom and Denver’s Chris Andersen had to be separated after a rebound battle led to a pushing and shoving match in the second quarter.
On Friday night, the NBA’s regular referees agreed on a two-year contract to end the lockout.
Five technicals and both flagrant fouls were called in the second quarter, which ended with the Nuggets leading 57-49.