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DENVER - The old Kobe Bryant sure looked an awful lot like the young Kobe Bryant.Thats what a little bit of rest will do.Bryant had 23 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds for his 21st career triple-double, and the Los Angeles Lakers held off the Denver Nuggets 111-103 Tuesday night to end a three-game losing streak.At 36 years, 129 days, Bryant is the second-oldest among active players to record a triple-double, trailing only Tim Duncan, who was 38 years, 224 days when he had 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Memphis on Dec. 5, according to STATS.It just seemed so easy for Kobe to get that triple-double, teammate Jeremy Lin said. Hes so talented. ... Hes lost a little bit of his athleticism. Hes not the same, in terms of explosiveness or his body recovering or whatever. Thats no secret.But hes finding ways to be effective and manage regardless of that. As your body evolves, you have to evolve as a player.Bryant played nearly 32 minutes in his second game back after missing three games around Christmas because of overall soreness. That time off proved beneficial. It gave him a chance to reflect — on his game and the way he wanted to play.You see now — very, very efficient, said Bryant, who also had nine turnovers. I know exactly where I want to go. I get to my spots. I dont try to beat guys with quickness. I back them down, get to my areas and elevate over them. Old school Oscar Robertson-style.The Lakers star shot 6 of 11 from the floor, giving him 25,000 field goal attempts for his career. The only players whove attempted more shots in NBA history are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (28,307) and Karl Malone (26,210), according to STATS.Are all those attempts catching up to him now?Absolutely, Bryant said. I feel every single one of them.As Bryant sat in the locker room, he placed his feet in an ice bucket.Nuggets coach Brian Shaw warned him of days like this.Before the game, Shaw told stories about being teammates with Bryant a decade ago and how Bryant used to make fun of the veteran for icing his knees.I told him that one day ice was going to be his best friend, Shaw said.About then, Bryant stopped by and hugged Shaw.Im sharing stories about when you used to laugh at me (for using ice), Shaw said.Now Ive got to do it before the game. How about that? Bryant said.Afterward, too.Carlos Boozer had 19 points and Ronnie Price added a season-high 18 for the Lakers.Ty Lawson and Jusuf Nurkic both finished with 16 points for the Nuggets, who have lost four of five.Nurkic was trying not to be a fan, even though Bryant was one of the rookies favourite players when he was growing up in Bosnia Herzegovina.When I played overseas, I followed him all the time, Nurkic said. But we lost. He did what he wanted.Just as Bryant used to when he was younger. Given his age and injuries, hes had to retool his game.Its like golf and changing your swing, Bryant said. But its something that I have taken the challenge. Ive figured it out, like Ive figured everything else out.After getting out to a fast start, the Lakers appeared to be cruising toward a blowout win. They led by as many as 23 points late in the third quarter, only to have Denver slice the lead to 101-96 with 3:53 remaining.Thats when Bryant drew a foul on Alonzo Gee on a 3-point attempt. The Nuggets werent pleased with the call and Nate Robinson voiced his displeasure, drawing a technical foul. Bryant made three of four free throws to help the Lakers gain some separation.Robinson drew another technical after having a 3-pointer taken off the board — he stuck out his foot to draw contact — and was ejected.The problem with us was we waited too late to start playing with that kind of energy and intensity, Shaw said.___TIP-INSLakers: Coach Byron Scott will bring centre Tarik Black along slowly after the Lakers were awarded the rookie on Sunday when he was waived by Houston. ... The Lakers made their first seven shots. ... Los Angeles set a season high for assists (31).Nuggets: F Kenneth Faried was held to four rebounds. He grabbed 44 over his previous two games. ... Wilson Chandler, one of the Nuggets top scorers, bruised his right quadriceps in the first half and didnt return. He finished with nine points.UP NEXTLakers: Host Memphis on Friday.Nuggets: At Chicago on Thursday. Tremaine Edmunds Jersey . Or at least on everyone elses expectations. 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Josh Allen Jersey . -- Orleans Darkwa ran in from 1 yard with 1:45 left, and the Miami Dolphins rallied from two scores down in the final minutes to beat the Dallas Cowboys 25-20 on Saturday night.BATA, Equatorial Guinea - Ghana really needs Asamoah Gyan now.After a last-minute 2-1 loss to Senegal to open its African Cup of Nations, the four-time champion is under pressure to recover and make the quarterfinals in Equatorial Guinea.Next up is top-ranked African team Algeria on Friday, with Gyans availability for the second round of Group C games still uncertain after he was diagnosed with mild malaria last weekend and sat out the loss to Senegal.Ghana would happily welcome the return of its captain and lead striker for the Algerian test. Against Senegal, the Ghanaians looked fragile and were eventually overpowered by a bigger, stronger Senegalese team to lose to a stoppage-time winner in Mongomo.Gyan is a very important player for us. A leader, our captain, stand-in skipper Andre Ayew said.Although Algeria also started slowly and fell behind against South Africa, the last 20 minutes of its ultimately comfortable 3-1 win showed what Africas No. 1 team can do. Following a sluggish first hour, Algeria found its groove to completely dominate the South Africans in the closing stages at Mongomo Stadium.Algeria will be closely watched by the other contenders having arrived at this tournament with a big buildup foollowing its impressive World Cup,One of those could be Senegal.ddddddddddddThe Senegalese were largely overlooked in the tough group as Algeria and Ghana took the attention. Thats swiftly changed after Senegal showed physicality and powerful forward play by striker Mame Biram Diouf to come from behind and beat Ghana, and it is now the favourite to beat South Africa.Its very simple, said Senegal goalkeeper and captain Bouna Coundoul. We know that we are capable of beating any team in this competition.South Africa has to pick itself up from perhaps the most demoralizing result for any of the four teams.Bafana Bafana led Algeria 1-0, but missed a penalty and a chance to double its lead, then conceded an own goal and two more late strikes to go down 3-1.Stressing about the penalty wont help anyone, said striker Tokelo Rantie, who missed the pivotal spot-kick to inspire Algerias comeback. I just need to be mentally strong. But I am very excited about the next game. That is my focus right now.South Africa has also lost central defender Rivaldo Coetzee for the Senegal game to a right knee injury, although defender Eric Mathoho and experienced midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane are back from suspension. Cheap NFL Jerseys Throwback China Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Outlet Wholesale NFL Gear Wholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Cheap Jerseys 2020 ' ' '
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