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Lakers vs Denver: Lakers fall to Nuggets

Lakers1_510Nuggets 95, Lakers 90 (final)

The Lakers and Nuggets, the two teams playing the best basketball in the NBA, gave the fans something to see Sunday.

Denver pulled out the victory, improving to 15-4 since the Nuggets traded Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks.

The Lakers had gone 17-1 since the All-Star break and had a nine-game winning streak along with that.

The winning streak was snapped and it meant that the Lakers fell 2 1/2-games behind the San Antonio Spurs, who easily defeated Phoenix earlier Sunday, for the best record in the NBA.

Down 89-83 after Kenyon Martin scored, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson called a timeout withh 3:23 left.

The Lakers had just turned the ball over two times in a row, both times by Pau Gasol.

The Lakers then went down by eight points, 91-83.

But the Lakers asnwered with two scores, pulling to within 91-87, and then dug down on defense yet again.

They got a stop with 50 seconds left, forcing the Nuggets into a 24-clock violation.

But Kobe Bryant missed a shot, his pull-up baseline jumper hitting the side of the backboard.

After Wilson Chandler made one of two free throws for a 92-87 Denver lead, Lamar Odom made a three-pointer to pull the Lakers to within 92-90 with 15 seconds left.

The thing that killed the Lakers was after Nene missed the second of two free throws, Kenyon Martin out-hustled Odom for the rebound, scoring on a put-back with 11 seconds left for a 95-90 Nuggets lead.

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Lakers 69, Nuggets 69 (end of third quarter)

When Pau Gasol went down hard after being fouled by Nene early in the third quarter Sunday afternoon at Staples Center, it didn't look good for the Lakers.

Gasol's right knee buckled when he landed awkwardly after he scored and was fouled by Nene.

The Lakers called a timeout, allowing time for trainer Gary Vitti to check on Gasol.

Gasol returned to the court after the timeout to shoot his free throw, but he went to the locker room with Vitti soon afterward.

But with 4:41 left in the third, Gasol came back to the Lakers' bench and with 4:11 left in the quarter he entered the game to replace Andrew Bynum.

Gasol had 14 points and 10 rebounds through three quarters.

Lakers 47, Nuggets 40 (end of first half)

The Lakers put together a strong defensive effort in the second quarter, allowing them to open a seven-point halftime lead.

Kobe Bryant had 19 points on six-for-19 shooting in the first half. Pau Gasol has eight points and nine rebounds while Andrew Bynum has six points and 12 rebounds.

The Lakers defense held the Nuggets to 29.5% shooting in the half.

Danilo Gallinari is the only Denver player in sync on offense, making five of 10 shots for 18 points. The Nuggets' point guard tandem of Ty Lawson and Raymond Felton is zero for 10 shooting from the field.

Nuggets 21, Lakers 20 (end of first quarter)

For two teams playing so well entering Sunday's game at Staples Center, the Lakers and Nuggets did not look like hot teams.

Neither team shot the ball well.

The Lakers shot only 36% from the field in the first quarter. The Nuggets shot only 34.8% from the field.

Kobe Bryant was two-for-nine shooting from the field.

Danilo Gallinari led the Nuggets with nine points on three-for-seven shooting.

Pregame

The Lakers aren't the only team in the NBA playing well these days.

The Denver Nuggets also have put people on notice with their play.

Since they traded Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks, the Nuggets have gone 14-4.

"Sometimes when you lose a superstar, the ball doesn't stop," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said. "It keeps  moving. ... They share the ball and they share the scoring and nobody is trying to do more than just their role."

The Lakers are 17-1 since the All-Star break, and they have a nine-game winning streak.

The Lakers and Nuggets play today at Staples Center, making it an interesting matchup between two teams playing very good basketball.

-- Broderick Turner

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has his shot challenged by Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler in the first half Sunday afternoon at Staples Center. Credit: Kirby Lee / US Presswire

 
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Typo above...shoot p o o l y? Is that a new form of billiards?

Why is Ron Artest's name scribbled on Phil Jackson's cushion?

Hmm, not a very good sign when the much smaller Nuggets were the more physical team.

Good win Nuggets. See you in the playoff's.

As for the ref's, they blew more than their whistles.

Booya. The overrated Kobe and Lakers got punked. Kobe the best closer in the game bricked a lot of shots in the last minutes. Kobe should retire, as he's disgrace to the game of basketball.

Bobbit, show me Kobe's stats now.

Lakers - who rely on refs to bail them out.

Blame the refs for loss, Lakers. C'mon, don't hesitate now.

Lakers will lose at least 4 more games.

Booya.


You think they couldh'v done a better job on boxing out doing that free throw.Look at Martin celebrating like they just won a championship.I can't stand that.We couldh'v won that one but we let it slip away.I hope Bynums all right more importantly.

Go Lakers!

Well that's 2 games this season that Odom's lack of blocking out has cost us.

that Phil Jackson has pulled out 2 championships out of the SOFTEST guy to ever step on a NBA court just adds to his legend. When Pau-la doesn't bring it and shows his true nature, it's painful for us fans to see, almost as painful as Kwame blowing up layups with his butterfingers.

Back to reality guys--the Lakers are not going to catch the Spurs. At least they're in the opposite bracket of Spurs/Thunder/Nuggets. Going to be some real battles in that one.

Nuggets deserve the win. Can't blame this one on the refs. The Lakers made 22 turnovers and blame of the game goes to Gasol for his back-to-back TOs in 4th quarter crunch time. Against a quality team like the post-Melo Nugs, the Lakers deserved to lose.

What was so profound is what a poor sport kobe is. all the players from both teams slapped hands or hugged except kobe. There seems to be no redeeming quality in kobe. He actually caused the lakers to lose the game by laying bricks in the 4th. Without bynum the lakers would go down in flames.

If Andrew is hurt, we've got much bigger problems. If Andrew is not hurt, then Phil blew this one by keeping him on the bench when you need to secure a defensive rebound.

Influx of trolls and haters in 5, 4, 3, 2...

17-2 since the All-Star break. Not bad.

Go Lake Show!

Another disgraceful Sunday afternoon performance by the Lakers!

Laker loss formula: refs that allow Pau, Andrew and Kobe to be hacked to death.

PS. How about getting Pau a wakeup call about 8 AM on these Sundays to get him out of his European midday activity switch. Logee (sp?) game for our bigs today - no energy. Bad day for KB....lots due to no-calls -lots due to forcing because nobody else was aggressive or could hit shots.

Hope AB is OK after that knee tweak.

Time to bench Shannon - nice move to get another guard MK (NOT!)? His dribbling and shot lauching is wasting so many possessions unnecessarily.

Looks like HCA over Spurs and Bulls is not happening now, so time to rest KB, AB, etc.................

oh well. it stinks, but the old cliche applies. you can't win 'em all.

2 costly failures to box out probably cost Lakers the chance to gain HCA over the Spurs....this one today and the one vs. MCDeyss in that 1 point SA win at Staples. Fundamentals!

It's OK, though. The Lakers can't win every game. They'll bounce back on Tues. The Nuggets played a strong game and deserved to win.

Hey Terry,
You're the typical Nuggets fan, or any other team who happens to beat us in the regular season, you celebrate a season win over us like it's the World Championship. Which is fine, kudos to you and your lil' Denver team. They played solid today, let's see who's standing come June, punk.

Excuses, excuses, and more excuses. The Lakers were handily beaten by bunch of avarage players in the Nuggets. Admit the loss, that you're not a good team.

Kobe got punked. Made 1 out of 5 shots and the stupid Lakers start cheering, MVP, MVP, MVP. How can he be MVP at 25% FG%? The fans are stupid, too, with their heads buried in some dark place.

We'll, here's the truth, you'll not get out the first round in the playoffs. I said it, and you heard it here first.

To the Laker posters in the blog, come out of the hiding now.

Booya.

I don't blame lamar for not getting that rebound. Kmart literally shoved him to the ground. That's as clear as a loose ball foul as there is. Should've been called. Then gimme a break kmart. You're as classless and cheap as the actual Kmart. You haven't done anything. What a thug! I hope we get these losers in the playoffs.

Influx of trolls and haters in 5, 4, 3, 2...
17-2 since the All-Star break. Not bad.

Go Lake Show!

Posted by: The Outlaw | April 03, 2011 at 03:23 PM

You're stupid for stating the obvious. You should be outlawd from the blog for being a tool.

Where do you want the Lake show to go? It ain't going anywhere.

Booya.

Wow, Nuggets trolls are so dumb they diss their own team.

Actually, I doubt this guy's even a Nuggets fan, more likely just another lonely troll.

Gallineri and Felton played a great game, and Mozgov has made the Birdman irrelevant. The Nuggets got the better of that 'Melo trade by far.

Two things made the difference tonight. First, the Lakers were due to lose. They put up a low-intensity game against Utah in the first half and it took some inspired bench play and execution to pull it together. This game, it looked like the Lakers (and the crowd) weren't really paying attention until the end of the fourth. Mostly, I put it on Pau...his offense wasn't clicking, and he has seemed to not put much effort into defense in some games. If any Lakers tend to get flat and distracted, it's usually him. You see it in the body language. I'd put the other loss since the break (at least partially) on him as well- bad defense against Bosh. I love Pau and he makes us a title contender, but when he's not feeling it the Lakers definitely suffer. There was a layup near the end of this one as well where Artest got beat off the dribble but Pau didn't rotate over and back him up.

Also, the refs....I was not pleased. Kobe was penetrating, Lamar was penetrating, and nobody was calling fouls. Chandler was all over Kobe, grabbing and bodying, and no calls. Even van Gundy (not the most ardent Lakers supporter) pointed out a missed foul or two. On the other end, I thought a few fouls got called that were marginal at best- (Gallinari). To be fair, they didn't call the push from Artest on Gallinari near the end of the game.

Hey Terry,
You're the typical Nuggets fan, or any other team who happens to beat us in the regular season, you celebrate a season win over us like it's the World Championship. Which is fine, kudos to you and your lil' Denver team. They played solid today, let's see who's standing come June, punk.

Posted by: PurpleHeart | April 03, 2011 at 03:26 PM

Yep, let's see who's standing come June. Here's a hint. The Spurs and Heat. Even if the Lakers make it out of the West, by the way, that's a snowballs chance in hell in itself, it'll be an armageddon as the James, Wade, and Bosh will eat embarrass little Kobe into retirement.


The Nuggets played a great game today.

To the troll named Sherry: You can name call all you want, and keep saying "Booya" all the way to an early-playoff exit.

"Booya"? That's all you got? Funny stuff.

And, no, you're not the first stinky little troll to say that the Lakers won't make it out of the first round. Troll originality? FAIL.

Go Lake Show!

Terri,
Put your money where your punk mouth is, you say the Lakers won't get out of the 1st round - I will wager you $1,000 cold hard cash that the Lakers get out of the 1st round. I'm not hiding, will you?
We each put up $1,000 in a PayPal account, you can find my account at [email protected] You can verify funds by calling PayPal 1-866-837-1851. Start scraping together your coins to fund your PayPal account, I'll be ready. Send me your PayPal email account when you're ready, punk.

Two Laker hater refs in this game today: Leon Wood and Ron Garretson.

Makes it hard to get equal calls with those two making it 7 on 5....however the bigs not showing up today is the reason Lakers lost.

Too Logee (sp?) by the bigs today - no hustle when it mattered.

Bad game by all. Kobe forcing didn't help, but what is he supposed to do when nobody else is driving or being aggressive? Too many jump shots and not enough using our size by the bigs today.

I am sick to death watching the predictable LO charge calls when he goes to the basket with abandon. Sometimes good idea to go under control!!!?!!!

Hey Terry you sure are a smart one. 1/5 = 25%. Wow, you are supposed to be at least 13 to post on this blog. My 8 year old has better math skills than you. Go play with your hot wheels.

Hey terry...lets count your nugget titles...done...go away

BOOOOOYA

Outlaw: love it!

Yup - predictable troll influx!

I was late to the game. Is andrew hurt? Can someone please explain what happened?

As a Lakers fan, I won't worry too much about the loss today. I would be more concerned about Bynum, although Vitti did mention that he's fine. I believe it's good to get a loss out of the way because the law of averages would go against the Lakers if they went undefeated into the playoffs. In other words, I rather see a loss now, then Game 1 during the first playoff game. Going undefeated for a long stretch from the Miami game to the playoffs is asking for a lot. At least, with this loss, the Lakers can adjust and fine tune their defense. They are one of the few teams who can make changes quickly due to their personnel and leadership. Kobe and co. will be OK. Go Lakers!

Also, to answer what I assume will be a overload of comments about Phil not putting Bynum in the end of the game...I think Phil plays Odom and not Bynum near the end of games because Bynum is starting. It's a trade-off, probably one that was made when Gasol came to the team and Odom went to the bench. In order to keep Odom happy and feeling like a core part of the team, he's got to play down the stretch. And I don't disagree...while everyone will remember the failed box-out(s) that have allowed tip-backs in these close games, Lamar also can knock down the three at the end of the game. When you're running iso plays for Kobe down the stretch, you need someone to knock down those open shots. Like it or not, the Lakers don't really play much inside-out in the late fourth, except to Pau (a primary scoring option). I agree that it hurts their defense, but it does help their offense. Phil does this in every game, but particularly this one, where the Lakers went down by 6, he needed offense.

NuggetsCountry: I like the way Kobe is looking at HCA. The Lakers just need to focus on winning all the games they can, and let the chips fall where they may. It's not too late to gain HCA in the West (and the league). The Spurs have lost some tough ones, and I don't think their win over the Suns today means they're out of the woods just yet. Overall, though, I don't believe the Lakers need home court to win out. I think they're THAT good.

Go Lake Show!

Outlaw, dream on. Sorry to rain on your parade, but the Lakers are just losers. As I said earlier, there's snowballs chance in hell the Lakers will win the championship this year, forcing Phil, Kobe, and all the old players in the Lakers roster to retire, which is the entire team.

I'm glad Maloof brothers are thinking of moving the Kings to L.A.

I know, sorry, truth hurts.

Like Chick Hearn the Priest calls it like it is. Ron pushed the denver player out of bounds and no call. ron and lo mugged the denver player and no call. So the refs were bad on both sides. It is just that the nuggets played better team ball which isn't hard when you have a ball hog on your team. Denver got rid of their ball hog and they are playing much better.

"Overall, though, I don't believe the Lakers need home court to win out. I think they're THAT good.
Posted by: The Outlaw | April 03, 2011 at 03:42 PM

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Agreed, however I hate having to live in Colorado and hear about the damn Thuggets winning in Staples to a half-a$$ appearance by the Lake Show!

Hopefully no more Sunday midday (white uni-s) games that matter.

Lakers/Kobe cannot shoot any worse (of course if they got equal calls then their % would be much better) going forward, hopefully. I was thinking they had a real shot at winning out & this game was now one of the ones that concerned me.......Portland is a definite trap as is the last Kings home game in Sactown at the end.

Terri,
Put your money where your punk mouth is, you say the Lakers won't get out of the 1st round - I will wager you $1,000 cold hard cash that the Lakers get out of the 1st round. I'm not hiding, will you?
We each put up $1,000 in a PayPal account, you can find my account at [email protected] You can verify funds by calling PayPal 1-866-837-1851. Start scraping together your coins to fund your PayPal account, I'll be ready. Send me your PayPal email account when you're ready, punk.

Posted by: PurpleHeart | April 03, 2011 at 03:38 PM

Hot off the press;

Drew's out for the season.

You still want to bet, Chris? I'll be $10,000 but I want the money to go to charity.


A couple of things...The Lakers always struggle when facing a team that they are unfamiliar with. The Nuggets have revamped their team and the Laker coaching staff was seeing the new Nuggets for the first time in person. They will adjust and have a much better idea of how to deal with this team should they meet again.

The other point that I wanted to make is that for the first time in a long time, a team forced the Lakers to adjust to them. The Lakers went small, trying to deal with Denver. Usually teams adjust to the Lakers, not the other way around.

"Then gimme a break kmart. You're as classless and cheap as the actual Kmart"

Hilarious. Nice one long live chick.

" As I said earlier, there's snowballs chance in hell the Lakers will win the championship this year, forcing Phil, Kobe, and all the old players in the Lakers roster to retire, which is the entire team.

Posted by: Terry | April 03, 2011 at 03:44 PM
"

What a tool! Laughable, but still a tool. Better up your psyche meds dude. Delusion is treatable..........

Still waiting for you to man up Terri.
Come on, let's go.
Man up Terri. Everyone is watching your next move.

The Nuggets won through smart, savvy TEAM basketball.

High passing rate, and intelligent court vision from the starters and the bench players. Incisive penetration into the paint, the only Laker that looked like doing that was Kobe, probably due to the Nuggets not want to draw many fouls on him, and then he was sitting out a lot. Maybe it was down to his 25%. Kobe knows he's got his work cut out for him come the Playoffs.

Big ups to Lawson and Felton, Denver continues to show the league how to run an effective double PG shotgun backcourt. Lap it up Nuggets fans, this is a sign of things to come.

Outlaw, dream on. Sorry to rain on your parade, but the Lakers are just losers. As I said earlier, there's snowballs chance in hell the Lakers will win the championship this year, forcing Phil, Kobe, and all the old players in the Lakers roster to retire, which is the entire team.

I'm glad Maloof brothers are thinking of moving the Kings to L.A.

I know, sorry, truth hurts.

Posted by: Terry | April 03, 2011 at 03:44 PM
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Hmmmm....right, Lakers are losers. I believe we have two rings in the past two years. As a troll, I certainly understand that information may not have reached to the bridge under which you lurk. You've been far too busy complaining to goats that go clattering over your head. Or perhaps you're the Harry Potter kind of troll, spending your time talking with wizards about the length of their wands. Either way, welcome to the real world...I'm sorry- it's a bleak one for the troll people. The lakers have won two titles and they've gone 16-2 since the all-star break. Losers, they are not. I welcome you into the world of the sunlight, though you might feel more comfortable slinking back under the bridge, where it's darker and damper- much more amenable to trolling.

Drew is fine, says he could have gone back in if needed.

Ignore all douche-bags.

Kobe knows he's got his work cut out for him come the Playoffs.

Posted by: DICE | April 03, 2011 at 03:53 PM

If he didn't know that by now, he's in denial. Kobe and his big ego will get bruised in the payoff, he'll leave the NBA and play basketball in China.

If the Spurs were armed they still couldn't beat the Lakers.

The Nuggets won through smart, savvy TEAM basketball.

High passing rate, and intelligent court vision from the starters and the bench players. Incisive penetration into the paint, the only Laker that looked like doing that was Kobe, probably due to the Nuggets not want to draw many fouls on him, and then he was sitting out a lot. Maybe that was down to his 25%. Kobe knows he's got his work cut out for him come the Playoffs.

Big ups to Lawson and Felton. Denver continues to show the league how to run an effective double PG shotgun backcourt. K-Mart is relishing his expanded role in the wake of the MarshMelo's departure. Lap it up Nuggets fans, this is a sign of things to come.

P.S. LOL @ the ID PurpleHeart. Long live the Military-Industrial complex (not). Z!G HE!L. You fool.

Yeah, but my Dad can whip your Dad and if he can't my brother can, ha, ha, ha.

Terri,
If you win our wager, you can do whatever you want with my money.
If I win our wager, I will do whatever I desire with your money.
Are you going to man up and send me your PayPal email account, or no?

Didn't the Heat get dumped by those lowly Cavs a few days ago? Wade, Bron and Bosh should give the team a refund, ha, ha, ha.

the bridge under which you lurk. bridge, where it's darker and damper- much more amenable to trolling.

Posted by: LakersFanInExile | April 03, 2011 at 03:54 PM

I thought that your handle reflected what you said (about you); bridge, where it's darker and damper- much more amenable to trolling.

I pin this loss 20% on the blind ref who did not call Martin's push off of Odom to get the rebound and the other 80% on the Lakers themselves for sleepwalking thru most of the game. The bad part about being able to turn it on and beat Utah last Friday is a false sense of over-confidence. Also sure as tax and death, the haters, consumed by jealousy, happily spread their venoms so they can feel better. What a sorry life!!!

Ignore the trolls guys.

Well the only thing of real importance is that Mike Trudell reported that Bynum's fine. Got a stinger banging his knee but otherwise good to go Tues.

Scott, thanks for the update.

The shot distribution is the problem in this game. Kobe took 27 shots and gasol/bynum only had 10 and 7. Lakers won't win jack with kobe hogging the ball like that and starving the bigs. 21 shots for kobe, 16 for gasol and 12 for bynum the beast is the winning formula.

Dude and Dudette...The Lake Show is Fine, just a little set back no BIG deal. Prediction the Show and the Heat in the Finals. A Dream matchup, Rating will be through the ROOF. And the NEW NBA Champs.......well you know where I'm going.
What's the deal with Kmart, always trying to DOG Lamar. Dude has a BUG up his @zz for him. And Ron Ron was like a TRAIN WRECK today. Despite this game, NOBODY in the west can BEAT them in seven games.
BANK IT

Well, pretty obvious why Denver has been on such a roll since the Melo trade...they are very good. Two deep at every position and a excellent second unit that could start on many teams. Don't like to lose on our turf but it was close. Hope nobody is injured...time to rest, that was a tough game. 17-2 not to damn shabby Lakers!

I thought that your handle reflected what you said (about you); bridge, where it's darker and damper- much more amenable to trolling.

Posted by: Terry | April 03, 2011 at 04:03 PM
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So basically, you're saying...."I am rubber, you are glue, anything you say bounces off me and sticks to you." Very clever, very original.

Well, thanks for the witty reparte, but think I've got to go have a conversation with someone more interesting and intelligent. I'm thinking the four year old across the room, with his finger in his nose?

Persons who complain about kmart push of lo ignores ron pushing the denver player out of bounds. the refs were bad on both sides. but now people see the importance of bynum the beast. kobe cam jack up 50 shots but without bynum to anchor the ship la will sink like the titanic.

Too many turnovers, lack of focus cost them.
Denver won't be a fun match up for anyone in the playoffs, they play defense and patient offense.
Today, Lakers deserved the big L.
Need to hit the reset button and win the final 6 but I won't be surprised if they go 5-1.

Maybe 2nd place is better than than winning the division. Other than that some pretty loose defense. How about drive, penetrate and kick it back out, like they did.
Plus the wrong defensive line up on the foul line.

where's mamba24? the priest made him the vp of cheerleading a few weeks ago. how old is he anyway? 16, 17 or 18?

LOL at the Mexican L.A. Faker fans who are too stupid to get a real life.

Nice NFL team L.A. has BTW.

Losers

Damn those repeat posts. My browser was wiggin' out.

The Lake Show? Lmfao. I've never heard such a banal term for a group of athletes in all my life. I'm sorry, I guess im a bit of a newb to this sort of fanatacism.

No doubt the Lakers will up their game - The Zen Master is in their corner. Yet, I have a feeling that these Nuggets are going to get even better and you can't beat solid team basketball with highly motivated and productive bench.

If anyone was sticky tonight, it was Kobe. He looked sluggish, off balance and out of sync. His outside shots sucked and he had to drive hard to score.

Kudos to Denver on slowing down the Laker Express. The Nuggets played smart, tough and never backed down. The refs didn't lose this for the Lakers, the turnovers did. While no lost is a good lost, I think this one should help the team sharpen their focus a little.


@Lew & Nuggets - Thanks for the roll calls.

@frank -cool Kobe story.

where's mamba24? the priest made him the vp of cheerleading a few weeks ago. how old is he anyway? 16, 17 or 18?

Posted by: island priest | April 03, 2011 at 04:18 PM

On a stalkers time out...

The Kings are moving to OC not LA moron...

Chandler has been oustanding since arriving and has filled that void perfectly. He was the one player I was holding out for amidst the Melodrama. He's proven his worth. And as for Ray, well.. the stats speak for themselves. He is a dynamo.

kobe hahaha. lol.

he was a bit too joyful 24 7. i knew something was wrong. lol.

The Lakers need one of two things against Denver. A healthy Bynum, or more time to figure them out.

Since the trade, the Lakers haven't played Denver. Because of that, they haven't quite figured out how to deal with them. Just like the last time the Lakers played Denver in the playoffs, they struggled, but after a few games really had their number. I see no reason given the same coach and much of the same personnel that the Lakers wouldn't do the same.

It was a good win and a likely unsustainable run by the Lakers. Look for them to come out harder and win at least 5 of 6 of the last games.

I look forward to seeing the Den-OKC matchup. Should be a lot of fun.

Too funny reading Laker fans whining about the officiating. It was terrible as usual but the Lakers got the benefit of most of the calls. And any non Laker fan is praying that moron Bynum stays in the lineup.

DICE seems to have a reasonable outlook on this game. I have been a Nuggets/Rockets fan since the days of Ralph Simpson, David Thompson, etc., long ago and far away!

I second the notion that you can't lay this one, or hardly any one, on the refs. They blew some going both ways, and the T on Karl was over the top.

IMHO Denver came out on top with the Melo/Billups trade - they now have a team that knows how to play tough defense, run the court, and share the ball. I have never enjoyed the type of basketball that has one guy going one-on-one whilst the other four stand around. The Nuggets are now playing very good team ball, not Melo me-ball.

That Terry guy is so funny... Hope to see ur comments when the Lakers go to the finals AGAIN... a fun guy :p

You've got to love the Nuggets. The best TEAM in the NBA with the exception perhsps of the OKC Thunder. Whiner Boy AKA Kobe got what he deserved. The guy thinks he's fouled on every shot he doesn't make. He should be thankful he's not in prison. There's no doubt the Lakers are a good team, today they were beat but a superior team. Want to win some money? Put in on the Nuggets who have all the intangibles, and little credit for how sneaky good they are. Lastly, Mr. Nicolson, truth, you can't handle the truth, as it was right in front of you today.

trolls are alive today eh....never mind them for they will scoot away very soon...Lakers 3 peat and beyond

It has to be said that the Lakers will take time to figure out these Nuggets. No doubt they will watch the tapes.

Yet remember, Denver won this series against LA with and without Melo. That's got to mean something.

Furthermore, remember when Kobe was out practicing after that loss to the Heat? He should've be doing that, double-time this time if he wants that three peat. Not storming out like a prepubescent hack. I don't like his chances though.


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