The Denver Nuggets' 126-114 win over the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday night was partially due in part to Dwight Howard's absence for part of the second half, but it was a win nonetheless.
Howard was ejected in the third quarter for a brutal flagrant foul on Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried. He played over 27 minutes, but it's important to note that he didn't play the entire fourth quarter.
Los Angeles tried to lean on Kobe Bryant's 40-point effort, but Denver brought too much firepower as a team. Corey Brewer led the way with 27 points off the bench, but every starter scored in double digits as well.
The Lakers played well but seemed to lose some steam after Howard's ejection. He was the team's main advantage over the Nuggets, and losing him deprived them of that leg up.
Pau Gasol and Steve Nash did their best to support Bryant's effort, but it wasn't enough in the end.
For a complete look at the box score, check out NBA.com.
Player of the Game: Kenneth Faried
Faried got rocked by Howard in the third quarter, but still turned in a great performance. He dropped 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting, and he also hauled down 15 boards along the way.
Nothing that Faried does is pretty, but he's effective. He does Denver's dirty work, and he has a nose for the ball that few other NBA players can match.
What's Next for the Los Angeles Lakers?
The 14-15 Lakers will host the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday.
What's Next for the Denver Nuggets?
The 16-14 Nuggets will travel to face the Dallas Mavericks on Friday.