What a great game. There was a little scare in the first half with letting the Nuggets come close with a 58-56 score at half. Pau Gasol had an great game with 36 points, 16 rebounds and 8 assists. Kobe pour in 32 points and Lamar Odom was hussling out there with 17 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists. Walton was also in double figures with 16 points.
The Nuggets have two deadly scorers with Iverson and Anthony, both had 30 points today. My Lithuanian friend, Linas Kleiza, has 23 points. Way to go. The only other Denver Nugget in double figures was Smith with 15 points. On a side note, Kleiza does play on the Lithuanian national team and will be in the Olympics representing Lithuania.
The Lakers did what they needed to do in the third quarter and outscored the Nuggets with 39 points versus the Nuggets 22 points. This is the way to do it. Build your lead in the third quarter and protect it in the fourth quarter.
This was a good game but the Lakers need to keep the intensity up against this high scoring team. I believe the Lakers need to play harder on defense. Not playing defense won’t hurt them during this series but will be a problem the further they go into the playoffs. As long as Kobe, Lamar, and Pau play like this, I believe they have a deadly offensive combo but everyone on the Lakers needs to pick it up on defense.