Despite some strong work from Kobe Bryant (22 pts, 6 asts, 6 rebs), the Nuggets managed their first win against the Lakers last night by double-teaming Bynum and shutting out the dominant 7 footer. Gasol (16 pts, 3 asts, 7 rebs) and Sessions (15 pts, 6 asts, 9 rebs) did their best, but it wasn’t enough to fill in the gap. Denver took an early 14 – 30 lead in the first quarter, and didn’t let up. At halftime, the Lakers were down 39 – 55, and the Nuggets had yet to allow Bynum to sink a shot.
All hope was not lost; with 9 minutes to go in the 3rd, Bynum figured out how to work the double team and made a sweet 7 foot 2 point shot off a nice pass from KB. His game only grew from there–clocking in at 18 pts, 12 rebs, and 2 asts at the end of the game.
The Lakers, however, never got back on top.
There was a moment of excitement when Kobe brought the gap into single digits with a 3 point SWISH that made it a 9 pt game with 7.07 to play in the 3rd–YES!–but LA just couldn’t catch it up.
Lakers 84, Nuggets 99…and the Lakers will have to close out the series in LA.
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