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Blake and Gasol lead Lakers to 90-88 win over Nuggets

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    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, left, talks to Nick Young before an NBA preseason basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in Ontario, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (The Associated Press)

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    Los Angeles Lakers' Nick Young, left, drives past Denver Nuggets' Randy Foye in the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in Ontario, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (The Associated Press)

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    Denver Nuggets' Nate Robinson, left, puts up a shot against Los Angeles Lakers' Shawne Williams in the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in Ontario, Calif. The Lakers won 90-88. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (The Associated Press)

Steve Blake scored 16 points and Pau Gasol added 14 to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets 90-88 on Tuesday night with Kobe Bryant watching from the sidelines.

Bryant rejoined the Lakers after having a procedure on his knee performed overseas. He received an ovation when he walked on to the floor in sweats during warm-ups and sat on the bench during the game. Bryant, who is also recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, was not made available to the media but reported progress in an in-house television interview.

Blake made one of two free throws with six seconds remaining and Denver missed two shots on the final possession. Chris Kaman had 12 points and seven rebounds while Jordan Hill had 12 rebounds.

JaVale McGhee led Denver with 14 points.