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2012 NBA Playoffs: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets, Western Conference First Round, Game 1

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2012 NBA Playoffs Western Conference First Round
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets

Denver Nuggets

Series Index:

G.1: Lakers 103, Nuggets 88 - at Los Angeles
G.2: Lakers 104, Nuggets 100 - at Los Angeles
G.3: Nuggets 99, Lakers 84 - at Denver
G.4: Lakers 92, Nuggets 88 - at Denver
G.5: Nuggets 102, Lakers 99 - at Los Angeles
G.6: Nuggets 113, Lakers 96 - at Denver
G.7: Lakers 96, Nuggets 87 - at Los Angeles
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Los Angeles Lakers 1 - 0 Denver Nuggets

GAME 1: L.A. Lakers 103 - Denver Nuggets 88

Leaders Points Rebounds Assists
Lakers Bryant: 31 Bynum: 13 Gasol: 8
Nuggets Gallinari: 19 Faried/Miller: 8 Miller: 7
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Tot
LAL 27 23 27 26 103
DEN 14 26 24 24 88
click for Lakers 2012 Playoff pictures (LA Daily News), Western Conference First Round vs. Denver Nuggets Game 1
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Apr 29 - Staples Center, Los Angeles. While Kobe Bryant scored 31 points and Andrew Bynum tied a Playoff record with 10 blocked shots, the Lakers had no problems and defeated the Nuggets 103-88.

Playing against the NBA's highest-scoring team the Lakers never trailed, took advantage of their size difference and controlled the tempo of the game. The Nuggets never found a way to get in rhythm to execute their preferred fast break style. Ty Lawson, their top scorer during the regular season scored just 7 points.

The highlights of the night were provided by Bynum who blocked shot after shot and in the fourth quarter when he got his 10th block surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's playoff franchise-record of 9 and tied the NBA Playoff record set previously by Utah's Mark Eaton in 1985 and matched later by Hakeem Olajuwon in 1990. Bynum's presence in the paint was very important for the Lakers success it was rewarded with the first triple-double for the Lakers since Magic Johnson in the 1991 NBA Finals. Almost equally important was the all-around game of Pau Gasol who finished with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists.

Bryant couldn't find his scoring rhythm in the first half but he didn't force it eaither and he had plenty of help. Devin Ebanks --playing in place of suspended Metta World Peace-- scored all of his 12 points in those first two periods, Steve Blake made three 3 pointers in the second quarter, and the Lakers went to the halftime rest leading by 10 points, 50-40. Then Kobe scored 23 points in the second half. He's the third-leading scorer in NBA playoff history, trailing only Michael Jordan and Abdul-Jabbar.

Ramon Sessions had a solid game and finished with 14 points and 5 assists in 29 minutes in his first playoff appearance. Showing a good repertoire of post moves, Danilo Gallinari led Denver with 19 points.

The Quotes

Mike Brown (LAL Coach): "He (Bynum) can control a game without shooting a single shot. He has 10 blocks, but I'd be curious to know how many (shots) he changed. He changed a gazillion shots in the paint, and that's what Denver is very good at."

Andrew Bynum (Lakers): "It's the only way really possible for me to get a triple-double - through blocked shots... 'If I play good D, we'll win games. I think I'm just going to be as aggressively as I can defensively to contest their shots."

George Karl (Nuggets Coach): " '(Bynum) was playing a nice illegal defense. He was zoned up good. I think we got one illegal defense (call against Los Angeles). I saw about 30 of them... The shot-blocker probably beat us."

Danilo Gallinari (Nuggets): "We've got to find a way to score before he gets in the paint, because he's impressive."

Highlights

Los Angeles Lakers Denver Nuggets
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Kobe Bryant 31 5 4 1 -  
Pau Gasol 13 8 8 - 2  
Ramon Sessions 14 2 5 - -  
Devin Ebanks 12 5 - - -  
Andrew Bynum 10 13 - 1 10 Playoff
Record
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Danilo Gallinari 19 4 2 1 -  
Andre Miller 12 8 7 1 -  
Corey Brewer 11 3 1 - -  
Kenneth Faried 10 8 - 1 1  
Al Harrington 10 5 - - -  

Complete Boxscore

DENVER NUGGETS
Starters Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Kenneth Faried, F 28 4-8 0-0 2-3 1 7 8 0 1 1 1 2 -7 10
Danilo Gallinari, SF 36 7-14 0-0 5-6 2 2 4 2 1 0 2 0 -17 19
Kosta Koufos, C 12 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 3 5 0 0 1 1 3 -8 0
Arron Afflalo, SG 33 3-11 0-3 3-4 1 1 2 3 0 1 1 1 -7 9
Ty Lawson, PG 31 3-11 0-2 1-2 0 1 1 2 2 0 2 1 -21 7
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Al Harrington, PF 22 4-14 2-4 0-0 3 2 5 0 0 0 0 2 -4 10
Andre Miller, PG 27 5-13 0-1 2-3 2 6 8 7 1 0 0 4 -5 12
Corey Brewer, SF 23 3-6 2-4 3-3 1 2 3 1 0 0 1 2 +3 11
Timofey Mozgov, C 9 2-5 0-0 2-2 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 -3 6
JaVale McGee, C 17 0-6 0-0 2-4 2 4 6 0 0 1 2 3 -10 2
Julyan Stone, G 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 +2 0
Jordan Hamilton, G 2 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +2 2
Chris Andersen, C DNP COACH'S DECISION
Totals   32-90 4-14 20-27 16 30 46 17 6 4 10 18   88
Percentages:   35.6% 28.6% 74.1%
35.6% 28.6% 74.1%
Fast break points:   19
Points in the paint:   44
Team TO ( points off ):   10 (15)
+/- denotes team's net points while the player is on the court.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS
Starters Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Pau Gasol, PF 34 6-14 1-2 0-0 2 6 8 8 0 2 1 2 +7 13
Devin Ebanks, SF 19 5-6 0-0 2-2 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 4 +2 12
Andrew Bynum, C 36 5-7 0-0 0-0 2 11 13 0 1 10 1 1 +23 10
Kobe Bryant, SG 37 11-24 0-2 9-11 1 4 5 4 1 0 2 4 +26 31
Ramon Sessions, PG 29 6-11 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 5 0 0 2 1 +15 14
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Matt Barnes, SF 29 1-6 0-4 0-0 1 5 6 1 4 1 3 4 +6 2
Steve Blake, PG 26 3-7 3-6 0-0 0 2 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 9
Josh McRoberts, PF 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 -2 0
Jordan Hill, C 24 5-10 0-0 0-2 4 6 10 0 0 2 0 4 +2 10
Andrew Goudelock, G 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2 0
Christian Eyenga, SF 2 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 -2 2
Metta World Peace, SF DNP SUSPENSION
Troy Murphy, PF DNP COACH'S DECISION
Totals   43-86 6-17 11-15 11 41 52 22 6 15 11 22   103
Percentages:   50.0% 35.3% 73.3%
Fast break points:   11
Points in the paint:   64
Team TO ( points off ):   11 (12)
+/- denotes team's net points while the player is on the court.
Flagrant Fouls: None
Technical Fouls: PLAYERS: 2 LALAKERS ( K Bryant 1 ) DENVER ( K Faried 1 ) - TEAMS (def3sec): LALAKERS (1) - COACHES: None
Officials: Derrick Collins , Ron Garretson , Scott Foster
Attendance: 18,997
Time of Game: 2:20

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