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Lakers earn unwanted statistic

The Los Angeles Lakers will record their first losing season since 2005 after suffering a 134-126 defeat at the hands of the Denver Nuggets.

Kenneth Faried scored a career-high 32 points and Ty Lawson added 30 as Denver inflicted a third straight defeat on the Lakers, who were still reeling from Thursday's 142-94 rout at the hands of the Los Angeles Clippers - the biggest defeat in franchise history.

Pau Gasol scored 27 points but could not prevent Los Angeles falling to 21-42.

While the Lakers are struggling, the Houston Rockets are flying.

James Harden scored 16 of his 28 points in a huge third quarter as they beat the Indiana Pacers 112-86 for their fourth straight win, and their 22-6 record in the year 2014 is the NBA's best.

The Rockets scored 38 in the third quarter to hand the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers their first three-game losing streak of the season.

The Dallas Mavericks blew a 30-point lead but still emerged winners as they beat the Portland Trail Blazers 103-98.

Dallas had led 44-14 early in the second quarter, but by the third quarter the Blazers were up 69-67.

The battle went to the final minute with Devin Harris breaking a 98-98 tie to help Dallas seal the victory.

Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavs with 22 points, while Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge scored 18 of his 20 in the third quarter.

Rajon Rondo had 20 points in a 91-84 win for the Boston Celtics, snapping Brooklyn's four-game winning streak.

Al Jefferson's 28 points led the Charlotte Bobcats to a 101-92 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, their sixth straight win at home.

The Memphis Grizzlies beat the Chicago Bulls 85-77 behind 18 points and 10 rebounds from Marc Gasol, while Kevin Love collected 28 points, 14 boards and five assists to help the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 114-101 win over the Detroit Pistons.

Carmelo Anthony scored 18 of his 29 points in the first quarter to tee up a 108-81 win for the New York Knicks over the Utah Jazz, while Terrence Ross scored 18 in a 99-87 win for the Sacramento Kings against the Toronto Raptors.

Anthony Davis poured in 29 points while grabbing 14 rebounds to help the New Orleans Pelicans down the Milwaukee Bucks 112-104.

David Lee scored 18 points and Jermaine O'Neal added 17 off the bench as the Golden State Warriors beat the Atlanta Hawks 111-97.