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It's game on in Denver despite heavy snow

February 3, 2012 |  2:17 pm


The Lakers-Denver Nuggets game will be played on Friday night at the Pepsi Center in Denver as scheduled, despite heavy snow that has blanketed the area and caused the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

The Lakers arrived via a charter flight early Thursday evening, ahead of the storm that is expected to dump as much as 2 feet of snow in the city and surrounding suburbs.

With temperatures in the 20s and reported wind gusts of up to 35 mph causing near-whiteout conditions, it will be a chilly start to the Lakers' six-game Grammy trip.

The team is scheduled to depart for Salt Lake City after the game, but there is no guarantee the Lakers will be able to get out of town. The Denver Post reported that more than 600 flights had been canceled at Denver International Airport.

The Lakers will be looking to avenge a 99-90 loss to Denver here last month in which the Nuggets scored the game's final 11 points. Only 2-7 on the road, the Lakers must start winning road games regularly to improve their chances of securing home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

-- Ben Bolch in Denver

Photo: Kobe Bryant complains to the referees during the Lakers' 99-90 loss to Denver on Jan. 1. Credit: Chris Schneider / Associated Press.