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2012 NBA Playoffs: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets, Western Conference First Round, Game 4

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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 3 - 1 Denver Nuggets

GAME 4: L.A. Lakers 92 - Denver Nuggets 88

Leaders Points Rebounds Assists
Lakers Bryant: 22 Hill: 11 Bryant/Gasol: 6
Nuggets Gallinari: 20 Faried/Miller 7 Lawson: 6
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Tot
LAL 26 19 25 22 92
DEN 28 23 20 17 88
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May 6 - Denver. Knowing that Kevin Durant and his Oklahoma City Thunder are already waiting for the winner of these series, the Lakers need to close it as soon as possible and they gave a big step forward with a 92-88 win at Denver that makes it 3-1 with a chance to end it at home in two days.

Kobe Bryant led them with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, Pau Gasol added 13, 9 and 6 assists, Andrew Bynum finished with 19 points and the other Lakers made timely contributions including consecutive 3-pointer by Ramon Sessions and Steve Blake in the final minute that broke open an 86 tie and put L.A. ahead for good.

Both teams looked tired and despite not being able to run as much as they like, the Nuggets went to the halftime with a 54-45 lead. but the Lakers used their experience to stay in the game and not repeat the meltdown they had in game 3. They exchanged leads in the third quarter and L.A. never trailed in the fourth after Pau Gasol scored to make it 77-76 with 9:17 remaining. An unexpected contribution of fresh energy from the bench was provided by the seldom used Jordan Hill who in 23 minutes got a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, 7 of them in the offensive end. Hill played just 1 regular season game for the Lakers after being traded from the Rockets in exchange for Derek Fisher.

Danilo Gallinari had 20 points for the Nuggets while Ty Lawson who had 25 points in each of the previous two games, scored just 11 on 5-for-13 shooting.

The Quotes

Kobe Bryant (Lakers): "If you're observing the game in the third quarter I hit Sessions for an open shot, Blake for an open shot and (Matt) Barnes for an open shot and they missed all three of them. George (Karl), being observant as he is, saw I was (ticked). I was and didn't think I would trust them at the end of the game to knock down those shots, but they stepped up and knocked them down.''

"Those moments don't scare him (Steve Blake)."..."Sessions has hit big 3s. Even when I was out he hit some big 3s to win games. He did it again tonight. I have confidence in him."

Steve Blake (Lakers): "'It's always good when you get a hug from Kobe. It means you did something right. 'It was a total team effort for us tonight.''

George Karl (Nuggets Coach): "They got the two 3s to go down at the end of the game. 'but conceptually what we're trying to do at the end of the game is not let Kobe, Bynum and Gasol beat you."

Highlights

Los Angeles Lakers Denver Nuggets
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Kobe Bryant 22 8 6 1 -  
Andrew Bynum 19 7 1 - 3  
Pau Gasol 13 9 6 0 1  
Ramon Sessions 12 4 2 1 -  
Jordan Hill 12 11 - 1 -  
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Danilo Gallinari 20 6 2 1 -  
Andre Miller 15 7 3 3 -  
Ty Lawson 11 - 6 1 -  
Al Harrington 9 6 1 2 -  
JaVale McGee 8 4 - 2 4  

Complete Boxscore

LOS ANGELES LAKERS
Starters Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Pau Gasol, PF 37 6-12 0-0 1-1 5 4 9 6 0 1 1 1 +8 13
Devin Ebanks, SF 20 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 2 1 2 0 1 +3 0
Andrew Bynum, C 35 8-12 0-0 3-6 2 5 7 1 0 3 3 1 0 19
Kobe Bryant, SG 39 10-25 2-7 0-1 2 6 8 6 1 0 5 0 0 22
Ramon Sessions, PG 39 5-11 1-3 1-2 0 4 4 2 1 0 2 3 +7 12
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Matt Barnes, SF 17 2-6 0-2 0-0 1 3 4 2 0 0 2 3 +4 4
Steve Blake, PG 29 4-9 2-5 0-2 1 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 -2 10
Jordan Hill, C 23 4-9 0-0 4-6 7 4 11 0 1 0 0 3 0 12
Metta World Peace, SF DNP NBA SUSPENSION
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 39-86 5-17 9-18 19 29 48 22 4 7 13 13   92
Percentages: 45.3% 29.4% 50.0%
Fast break points:   18
Points in the paint:   52
Team TO ( points off ):   10 (6)
+/- denotes team's net points while the player is on the court.
DENVER NUGGETS
Starters Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Kenneth Faried, F 32 3-8 0-0 0-2 3 4 7 1 0 3 0 1 -1 6
Danilo Gallinari, SF 35 9-16 0-4 2-2 1 5 6 2 1 0 1 5 -11 20
Timofey Mozgov, C 13 3-5 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 1 0 1 0 3 -7 6
Arron Afflalo, SG 32 3-7 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 3 0 0 2 3 +1 6
Ty Lawson, PG 34 5-13 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 6 1 0 2 2 +1 11
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Al Harrington, PF 24 4-11 1-4 0-0 2 4 6 1 2 0 0 1 -4 9
Andre Miller, PG 31 7-13 0-1 1-2 2 5 7 3 3 0 4 3 -1 15
Corey Brewer, SF 13 3-8 1-5 0-0 2 1 3 0 0 1 0 0 -3 7
JaVale McGee, C 27 2-5 0-0 4-6 0 4 4 0 2 4 1 1 +5 8
Chris Andersen, C DNP COACH'S DECISION
Kosta Koufos, C DNP COACH'S DECISION
Julyan Stone, G DNP COACH'S DECISION
Jordan Hamilton, G DNP COACH'S DECISION
Totals 39-86 3-19 7-12 13 25 38 17 9 9 10 19   88
Percentages: 45.3% 15.8% 58.3%
Fast break points:   7
Points in the paint:   48
Team TO ( points off ):   14 (20)
+/- denotes team's net points while the player is on the court.
Flagrant Fouls: None
Technical Fouls: PLAYERS: None - TEAMS (def3sec): None - COACHES: None
Officials: David Jones , Greg Willard , Bill Kennedy
Attendance: 19,155
Time of Game: 02:24

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