The Lakers are now winning their race with the Dallas Mavericks for the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference and might well cross the tape ahead of everyone for the best regular-season record.
But the Lakers are also vying for a place atop NBA history: best record ever, post-All-Star break.
Even after losing to Denver on Sunday, the Lakers are at 17-2 (.895 winning percentage) -- better after the break than the best previous NBA records: 31-4 (.886) for the 1996-97 Jazz, 30-4 (.882) for the 1999-2000 Lakers, 27-4 (.871) for the 1984-85 Lakers, 32-5 (.865) for the 1994-95 Spurs and 25-4 (.862) for the 2004-05 Nuggets.
The Lakers have six games left, although they aren't easy ones: versus Utah, at Golden State, at Portland, versus Oklahoma City, versus San Antonio and at Sacramento.
"You just get back on track, go to the next one, and that's what we've done all year," Kobe Bryant said after losing to Denver. "That's what we'll continue to do."
NUGGETS 95, LAKERS 90: The Lakers slipped in the second half, allowing 60.5 percent field-goal shooting to the Kenyon Martin-led Nuggets. Meanwhile, Kobe Bryant shot 4-for-12 from the field after halftime and finished with 28 points on 10-of-27 shooting.
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