There was no Gallo flow, though that might have been thwarted by his recovering fractured thumb or by Metta World Peace.

Either way, the Nuggets' Danilo Gallinari scored just seven points in Friday's 103-97 loss at the Lakers. The guy who averages 15.1 points per game didn't play at all in the fourth quarter as coach George Karl opted for the defensive-minded Corey Brewer at small forward.

"Corey Brewer was playing great," Karl said. "He didn't score a point but was playing fantastic. We were in the game with Corey's energy defensively. I thought we were getting back in the game, and I wasn't going to change it."