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2012 NBA Playoffs: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets, Western Conference First Round, Game 2

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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 2 - 0 Denver Nuggets

GAME 2: L.A. Lakers 104 - Denver Nuggets 100

Leaders Points Rebounds Assists
Lakers Bryant: 38 Gasol/Hill: 10 Gasol: 5
Nuggets Lawson: 25 Faried: 10 Lawson: 7
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Tot
LAL 32 23 26 23 104
DEN 25 23 26 26 100
click for Lakers 2012 Playoff pictures (LA Daily News), Western Conference First Round vs. Denver Nuggets Game 1
Picture Gallery (LAT)

May 1 - Staples Center, Los Angeles. Kobe Bryant was on fire from minute one, scored 38 points and the Lakers defeated the Nuggets 104-100 to take a 2-0 lead of their first round series.

After a playoff-opening game with a triple double, Andrew Bynum continued to shine, this time dominating the paint in the offensive end with 27 points to add to his 9 rebounds.

Pau Gasol had 13 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and much of the offense went through his hands. Despite the fact that they never trailed, this time the Lakers suffered the Nuggets until the final buzzer sounded. L.A. led by as many as 19 in the third quarter, 71-52, but the Nuggets started to found some rhythm, took advantage of some Lakers turnovers and run their fastbreak to slowly reduce the margin and keep their hopes alive until the end. It wasn't enough but it showed the Lakers they can not get distracted against a team that is not better than them but can score points (they led the league during the regular season) and they can do it fast.

Denver got within 4 points with 3 minutes to go but couldn't get closer. Ty Lawson, Denver's top scorer rebounded from a 7-point performance in game 1 and had 17 of his 25 points in the second half to lead his team. Ramon Sessions had 14 points, including a couple of key baskets at the end.

The Quotes

Kobe Bryant (Lakers): "It's tough to play against us, because there's legitimately three guys you have to double-team."

Pau Gasol (Lakers): "I think losing last season, and the way we lost, we're approaching this postseason much more focused. 'We're not overlooking any team, any game. We're doing whatever it takes to be successful "

George Karl (Nuggets Coach): "...we're young, and we're learning. You saw us play a lot of Nuggets basketball today. I think it'll get a little better in Game 3. I think the home court will be good for us. We haven't played a good defensive game yet, so we'll learn from this."

Highlights

Los Angeles Lakers Denver Nuggets
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Kobe Bryant 38 4 2 3 1  
Andrew Bynum 27 9 2 - 2  
Ramon Sessions 14 1 4 2 -  
Pau Gasol 13 10 5 2 2  
Jordan Hill 6 10 - - 1  
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Ty Lawson 25 1 7 - -  
Kenneth Faried 14 10 - - 1  
Danilo Gallinari 13 8 - - 1  
Corey Brewer 13 1 2 3 -  
Arron Afflalo 11 6 1 - -  

Complete Boxscore

DENVER NUGGETS
Starters Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Kenneth Faried, F 26 5-7 0-0 4-4 6 4 10 0 0 1 3 5 -14 14
Danilo Gallinari, SF 27 5-18 1-4 2-2 4 4 8 0 0 1 1 1 -14 13
Kosta Koufos, C 12 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 3 5 0 0 0 1 1 -13 2
Arron Afflalo, SG 31 4-12 0-5 3-4 1 5 6 1 0 0 4 3 -12 11
Ty Lawson, PG 37 11-17 0-3 3-3 0 1 1 7 0 0 2 2 +1 25
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Al Harrington, PF 22 4-13 3-7 0-0 1 5 6 2 0 0 0 3 +16 11
Andre Miller, PG 30 0-4 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 8 3 0 1 1 +9 0
Corey Brewer, SF 19 5-7 0-0 3-5 0 1 1 2 3 0 0 3 +4 13
Timofey Mozgov, C 11 3-5 0-0 0-2 2 2 4 0 1 0 1 1 +5 6
JaVale McGee, C 24 2-6 0-0 1-2 3 6 9 1 0 6 0 3 -2 5
Chris Andersen, C DNP COACH'S DECISION
Julyan Stone, G DNP COACH'S DECISION
Jordan Hamilton, G DNP COACH'S DECISION
Totals 40-91 4-19 16-22 19 33 52 21 7 8 13 23   100
Percentages: 44.0% 21.1% 72.7%
Fast break points:   30
Points in the paint:   60
Team TO ( points off ):   13 (21)
+/- 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 37 5-10 0-0 3-4 3 7 10 5 2 2 2 2 +3 13
Devin Ebanks, SF 24 2-7 0-0 0-2 4 4 8 2 1 1 2 3 +8 4
Andrew Bynum, C 38 12-20 0-0 3-4 3 6 9 2 0 2 0 0 +4 27
Kobe Bryant, SG 40 15-29 2-6 6-7 2 2 4 2 3 1 1 3 +4 38
Ramon Sessions, PG 36 6-16 0-3 2-2 0 1 1 4 2 0 0 3 +3 14
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Matt Barnes, SF 19 1-5 0-3 0-0 1 1 2 4 0 1 1 3 -3 2
Steve Blake, PG 26 0-4 0-3 0-0 0 4 4 1 0 0 3 2 -2 0
Jordan Hill, C 21 2-5 0-0 2-2 5 5 10 0 0 1 1 4 +3 6
Metta World Peace, SF DNP SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE
Troy Murphy, PF DNP COACH'S DECISION
Josh McRoberts, PF DNP COACH'S DECISION
Andrew Goudelock, G DNP COACH'S DECISION
Christian Eyenga, SF DNP COACH'S DECISION
Totals 43-96 2-15 16-21 18 30 48 20 8 8 10 20   104
Percentages: 44.8% 13.3% 76.2%
Fast break points:   15
Points in the paint:   52
Team TO ( points off ):   11 (12)
+/- denotes team's net points while the player is on the court.
Flagrant Fouls: None
Technical Fouls: PLAYERS: 1 DENVER ( D Gallinari 1 ) - TEAMS (def3sec): None - COACHES: None
Officials: Tom Washington , Monty Mccutchen , Pat Fraher
Attendance: 18,997
Time of Game: 2:25

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