Denver >> This used to mark the place for the Lakers where unpleasant experiences unfolded. The high altitude became too overwhelming. The speedy point guards seemed too fast. The bruising big men appeared too strong. Instead, a more positive development emerged. Kobe Bryant continued a two-game trend where he morphed from a high-volume shooter into a facilitator that faced down double teams with pinpoint passes instead of forced shots. Bryant ended with 23 points on 6-of-11 shooting, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, his second triple-double of the season and the 21st in his 19-year career fueling a Lakers’ 111-103 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday at Pepsi Center. The Lakers (10-22) snapped a seven-game losing streak to Denver (13-19), not to mention the team’s current three-game slide. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “When they’re open and they make shots, it’s easy,” Bryant said. “I sit back. When they don’t and we’re down 15 points, I try to get it going. Sometimes I make them. sometimes I don’t. When I don’t, you think I’m not passing the ball. It’s really that simple.”Still, this game hardly featured a clinic.Bryant still committed nine of the Lakers’ 18 turnovers. The Lakers also nearly blew a 23-point lead that entailed a Nuggets 8-0 spurt that cut the Lakers’ lead to 101-96 with 4:03 remaining. Lakers forward Ed Davis also reported breaking his nose after experienceing a foul that will require him to see a doctor on Thursday.But Bryant hit three of four consecutive free throws to secure the win. Earlier in the game, Bryant also swatted away a shot from the Nuggets’ 7-foot-1 center Timofey Mozgov. Not bad for the Lakers’ 36-year-old star who sat three games last week to rest between rounds of his exhausting fight against Father Time. Afterwards, Bryant made it clear he will still keep up this quest to fulfill his contract that ends after the 2015-16 season.“Is it very difficult right now to play? Yeah,” Bryant said. “Am I looking forward to playing next year? Yes. But if you’re asking me if I will play beyond that, right now the answer is no.” “It takes a lot of energy to score the ball. It takes a lot out of my legs,” said Bryant, who sat three games last week to recharge his 36-year-old body. “I’m a natural scorer. But that doesn’t mean I can’t evolve.”Bryant’s play enabled him to shoot at a more efficient rate, his patented fall-aways and pull-up jumpers becoming more smooth and accurate as Denver suddenly needed to worry about the Lakers’ supporting cast. Bryant’s pass-first mentality also fueled a Lakers offense that featured five players cracking the double-digit scoring mark. That included Carlos Boozer (19 points), Ronnie Price (18), Wesley Johnson (16) and Jordan Hill (12). The Lakers also shot 14 of 25 from 3-point range (56 percent), a stark increase from the season-average 35.7 percent clip from shots beyond the arc. “He has a great feel for the game and takes what the defense gives him,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said of Bryant. “Tonight was one of those nights where they tried to get it out of his hands. He did a great job of reading the defense and finding the open guys.”That explains why both Scott and Bryant said his new approach involved more external circumstances than actually changing his game.