DENVER (AP) - The Denver Nuggets beat the skidding Los Angeles Lakers 134-126 yesterday. Kenneth Faried scored a career-high 32 points, Ty Lawson had 30 for the Nuggets, who swept the three-game season series. Pau Gasol scored 27 points to lead the Lakers in their third straight defeat and sixth in eight games. This one ensured their first losing season since going 34-48 in 2004-05.
TORONTO (AP) - Terrence Ross scored 18 points to lead the Raptors to a 99-87 victory over the Sacramento Kings yesterday, spoiling Rudy Gay's return to Toronto. Gay had 15 points for the Kings, who acquired him in a seven-player deal in December. The game marked Gay's first trip back since he was shipped with Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy to Sacramento for Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes.
PHOENIX (AP) - Scott Kazmir pitched three scoreless innings in his debut for the Oakland Athletics in a 2-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Kazmir, a left-hander who signed a two-year, $22 million deal with the A's over the winter, gave up two hits and struck out two. Daric Barton drove in Oakland's second run with a single in the eighth.
PHOENIX (AP) - Tyson Ross pitched hitless ball for the second straight start, helping the San Diego Padres beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 yesterday. Ross struck out three in three innings and walked two. He has thrown five hitless innings in two starts. Milwaukee didn't get a hit until Elian Herrera tripled leading off the sixth.
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