Lakers led the Denver Nuggets by 67-47 at halftime, shredding the lackluster Nuggets’ defense. The Lakers shot a scalding 62.2 percent in the first half. Kobe Bryant had 18 points, Lamar Odom had 11 points and Pau Gasol added 10. Nene led the Nuggets with 13. The story was the Nuggets’ inability to guard anyone in purple and gold. Denver had won seven of eight games since dealing Allen Iverson to Detroit for Chauncey Billups. But the trade had little impact on the Nuggets’ ability (or inability) to stop the Lakers.