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Iverson, Nuggets look to tie Bryant and Lakers in standings

Mar 15, 2007 - 3:45 PM LA Lakers (33-31) at Denver (31-31) 10:30 pm EDT

DENVER (Ticker) - Allen Iverson and the Denver Nuggets try to catch the spiraling Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference standings when the teams meet Thursday.

Despite a series of injuries and suspensions and some uneven play since acquiring Iverson, the Nuggets can inch percentage points ahead of the Lakers for sixth place in the West. The team that finishes sixth likely will avoid powerhouses Dallas and Phoenix in the first round of the postseason.

Denver is coming off Tuesday's 108-99 home victory over Portland in which Iverson had 31 points and 10 assists for his 11th double-double of the season. The Nuggets will be looking for consecutive home wins for the first time since January 19-22.

Riddled by injuries, the Lakers are mired in their second six-game losing streak in just over a month. That is two more than Phil Jackson endured in his entire coaching career prior to this season.

Things reached a low point Sunday, when the Lakers were demolished at home, 108-72, by the Dallas Mavericks. It was the team's worst home loss since moving to Los Angeles in 1960.

A loss to the Nuggets would see the Lakers match the third longest losing streak in club annals. The 1991-1992 squad lost seven in a row, one behind the 2004-05 club. Neither of those teams made the playoffs.

Los Angeles has won six of its last 10 games in Denver.








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