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DENVER — A dominating effort on the boards and a strong performance by the bench helped the Denver Nuggets overcome a below-par effort from an ailing Carmelo Anthony.The Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Lakers 120-101 Monday night, evening the best-of-seven Western Conference finals at two games apiece.Chauncey Billups and J.R.

Smith scored 24 points each and Kenyon Martin had a double-double as the Nuggets posted their eighth blowout of the playoffs but first against Los Angeles after three games that came down to the final seconds.The Nuggets didn't need to worry about a botched inbounds pass in the closing seconds like the ones that cost them potential victories in Games 1 and 3, although Kobe Bryant had another monster fourth quarter in a furious attempt to put a stranglehold on the series that shifts to Los Angeles for Game 5 Wednesday night.Bryant, who is averaging 37 points in the series, scored 34, including 14 in the fourth quarter.Anthony finished with a hard-fought 15 points, and Martin had 13 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.

Nene also had a double-double, with 14 points and 13 rebounds."It just shows we have heart and can play with a man down," Smith said.The game included four technical fouls and 84 free throws, 49 by Denver.Lakers coach Phil Jackson accused Denver guard Dahntay Jones of playing "unsportsmanlike basketball" by tripping Bryant in the third quarter.

Bryant said, "I just fell on my face for no reason.

I'm a klutz."Anthony's shooting slump continued, as he went 3 for 16 and missed his first 10 shots.

Making matters worse, he turned his right ankle in the first half and needed fluids at halftime.Bryant and Pau Gasol, who had 21 points, led the Lakers.Notes• Vince McMahon got his takedown of Denver Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke on the WWE television show Monday.

Sort of.During the World Wrestling Entertainment's "Raw" show, McMahon shoved a mock Kroenke to the mat and the faux Kroenke fell out of the ring at Staples Center.The wrestling card was switched from Denver's Pepsi Center last week to Los Angeles because of Game 4 of the Lakers-Nuggets series being played in Denver.

Originally, the date was held by the WWE.• Retired NBA player Jayson Williams, 41, was arrested after authorities say he punched someone in the face outside a Raleigh, N.C., nightclub, the latest legal tribulation for the former All-Star who has spent years in the courtroom since an injury ended his career.Williams was charged with one count of simple assault and released on $1,000 bond.
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