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Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - The Denver try to rebound from a loss when they travel to Los Angeles tonight to face and the at the Staples Center. The teams have already split a pair of games this season. LA defeated the , 104-102, in overtime on November 7 at the Pepsi Center, while Denver knocked off the , 98-86, on November 29 at the Staples Center.

Denver fell to the Toronto , 81-74, on Tuesday in front of its home crowd. The finished their five-game homestand with a record of 3-2.

netted a game-high 19 points for Denver, which had its three- game winning streak snapped.

scored nine points in the third quarter and added six, helping the take a 67-63 edge after 36 minutes.

Both teams struggled shooting the ball in the fourth, as Toronto only scored 14 points to Denver's 11. The shot 4-of-21 from the field in the final stanza.

The led by nine in the fourth period, but the cut the lead to 73-69 on a pair of free throws with 3:55 left. Denver had two possessions to cut further into the deficit, but turned the ball over both times.

Toronto went back up by nine at 78-69 with a little under two minutes left. The again fought back to make it 78-74, but Williams made two free throws and added one to close out the scoring.

The , who have lost two of their last three on the road, are 6-8 away from home this season.

The come into tonight's game having lost two in a row. LA dropped its second straight game on Monday with a 113-105 setback to the Phoenix at the Staples Center.

recorded his 10th double-double in his last 11 games with 24 points and 11 rebounds for the , who have dropped three of their last four.

Richardson also notched a double-double with 24 points and 12 boards while led Los Angeles with 26 points in the setback.

The , who committed 21 turnovers, made 45 percent of their field goals (37-for-83) in the loss.

LA is 9-7 as the host this season.

The home team has won five of eight and 10 of the last 14 meetings in this series. Denver has lost seven of nine and 12 of its last 16 at the .

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