The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Golden State Warriors, 95-86, Friday night and the Denver Nuggets licked the Portland Trail Blazers, 121-110, in NBA playoff action.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar poured in 40 points, pulled down 19 rebounds and blocked nine shots to give the Lakers a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series.
The Lakers, who held the lead the entire way, reeled-off eight straight points after the Warriors drew to within two points, 86-84, with 3:39 to go.
Cazzie Russell added 21 points for Los Angeles, which will visit Golden State Sunday for Game No. 3.
The Warriors, down 42-30 at the half, got 16 points each from Jamaal Wilkes and rookie Robert Parrish. Rick Barry, who had 40 points in the Warriors' loss Wednesday night, was held to 14 points.
At denver, Dan Issel scored a game-high 36 points, including 13 in the final quarter, and grabbed eight rebounds to lift the Nuggets over the Trail Blazers and even their Western Conference semifinal series at one game apiece.
Strong second-half performances by Denver's Bobby Jones and David Thompson helped put away Portland, which had tied the game with 3:59 to go.
Jones scored 19 points and Thompson 18, while Maurice Lucas led the Trail Blazers with 29 points and Lionel Hollins had 20.
Bill Walton, who fouled out with 7:36 left, finished with 19 points and 16 rebounds.
The third game will be played in Portland Sunday.