Monday, May 7, 2012

Lakers beat Nuggets 92-88, Take 3-1 Series Lead


After tailing by 6 at halftime, the Lakers outscored the Nuggets by 9 in the second half to take game four and a commanding 3 games to 1 lead. It was a hard fought game in which many players were seen sucking wind. The altitude and thin air of Denver can make it a difficult place to compete in but the Lakers handled it well.

The Lakers were lead in scoring by, who else but, Kobe Bryant with 22 on 10 of 25 shooting. It was somewhat of an off shooting night for the Mamba but he did lead the team in assists with 6 (tied with Pau Gasol).

Andrew Bynum went 8 for 12 from the field for 19 points. He added 7 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.

Steve Blake came up big in the fourth quarter with 8 points in the quarter including two 3s. He ended the game with 10 points and 3 assists.

Jordan Hill had another solid game off the bench for the Lakers. He put up another double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds). He has been a big upgrade over the other power forwards the Lakers formerly ran out there. He has gobbled up both Josh McRoberts and Troy Murphy's minutes and solidified the Lakers bench.

The series now heads back to Los Angeles for game 5. Game 5 will be live from Staples Center on Tuesday at 10:30est(7:30pst).

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