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LAst Night's Action: Lakers Tough One Out Against Raptors

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LA Lakers defeat Toronto Raptors 108-102. Sound the alarms, it is officially time to panic. The Lakers had a challenge against the Toronto Raptors.

Okay, the Lakers were out-rebounded by the Raptors on the offensive glass 19-7 and overall 49-31. Lamar Odom had an off night with seven points and nine rebounds. The Lakers trailed late in the third quarter.

But then equilibrium set in. The Lakers went on a 15-3 run. Pau Gasol scored 30 points while Kobe Bryant added 23. Even Steve Blake and Shannon Brown scored 14 points and 12 points respectively off the bench to balance the six Raptors who had double-digit scoring.

The Raptors kept it close even getting to within four points in the final 30 seconds, but Bryant knocked down two free throws to ice the game.

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Denver Nuggets defeat LA Clippers 111-104. The Nuggets overcame their injuries to stomp out the youthful Clippers. Although the Nuggets really have to thank the Clippers coughing the ball up down the stretch and making stupid fouls. Blake Griffin had a double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds while Eric Gordon added 21 points and Eric Bledsoe with 12 points and 13 assists. Both Baron Davis and Randy Foye were out yet again with their respective injuries.