L.A. Lakers 104, Denver 100

Date - Tuesday, May 1, 2012 10:30 PM
Location - Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Officials - #26 Pat Fraher, #13 Monty McCutchen, #49 Tom Washington
Attendance - 18997

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Denver 25 23 26 26 100
L.A. Lakers 32 23 26 23 104

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Denver 0-0 0-0 0-0 L2
L.A. Lakers 0-0 0-0 0-0 W2


LAKERS 104, NUGGETS 100: Kobe Bryant scored 38 points and Los Angeles never trailed in taking a 2-0 series lead over visiting Denver.

Andrew Bynum scored a playoff career-high 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Lakers built a 19-point third-quarter lead and fended off numerous comeback attempts by the Nuggets.

Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is Friday night in Denver.

Pau Gasol had 13 points and 10 boards and Ramon Sessions scored 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter for the Lakers.

Ty Lawson scored 25 points to to lead six players in double figures for the Nuggets, who whittled a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to four points on five occasions.

Danilo Gallinari and Corey Brewer scored 13 points apiece and Kenneth Faried added 12 for Denver, which has not led at any point in the first two games.

The game appeared to be a blowout after Los Angeles ripped off 14 straight points to build its biggest lead at 71-52 with 6 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter, but the Nuggets responded with a 14-2 run and got within 81-74 entering the final 12 minutes.

The Lakers had Denver on its heels from the outset, bolting to a 12-3 lead and riding a combined 24 points from Bryant and Bynum to a 32-25 first-quarter lead.

The Nuggets battled back to tie it at 36-36 before Bryant scored seven points in a 9-0 spurt to help the Lakers to a 55-48 halftime edge. Bryant had 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting and Bynum was 7 of 9 for 16 points in the first half.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Bryant had his 83rd 30-point game in the postseason, second only to Michael Jordan (109). ... Lakers forward Jordan Hill, who was charged with a third-degree felony Monday for allegedly choking his girlfriend at the end of February, is not expected to miss any games, the team said. Hill had six points and 10 rebounds Tuesday. ... The Nuggets continued to struggle from behind the arc, going 4 of 19 on 3-point attempts following a 4-for-14 performance in the series opener. The Lakers were only 2 of 15 from 3-point range. ... Denver held its own on the backboards, outrebounding Los Angeles 52-48.

Top Game Performances

Denver   L.A. Lakers
Ty Lawson 25 Scoring Kobe Bryant 38
Andre Miller 8 Assists Pau Gasol 5
Kenneth Faried 10 Rebounds Pau Gasol 10
Kenneth Faried 4 Free Throws Made Kobe Bryant 6
Corey Brewer 3 Steals Kobe Bryant 3
JaVale McGee 6 Blocks Andrew Bynum 2

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Denver 100 44.0 4-19 16-22 21 52 8 7 13
L.A. Lakers 104 44.8 2-15 16-21 20 48 8 8 11

Upcoming Games

  • L.A. Lakers will play their next game on the road against Denver. The Lakers have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • Denver will play their next game at home against L.A. Lakers. The Nuggets have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
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