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2012 NBA Playoffs: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets, Western Conference First Round, Game 6

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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 - 3 Denver Nuggets

GAME 6: L.A. Lakers 96 - Denver Nuggets 113

Leaders Points Rebounds Assists
Lakers Bryant: 31 Bynum: 16 Bryant/Blake: 4
Nuggets Lawson: 32 Faried: 11 Gallinari/Afflalo: 7
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Tot
LAL 20 25 23 28 96
DEN 30 24 36 23 113
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May 10 - Denver. Kobe Bryant played despite being sick but he was the only Laker that showed some pride and the Nuggets won 113-96 at Denver to force a game 7 that will be played on Saturday.

The Lakers couldn't make a point in the first 3 and a half minutes to fall behind 13-0 and allow Denver to get their gears running. Everything went downhill after that. L.A. barely managed to stay in the game in the first half and went to halftime trailing by 9 but then the Nuggets opened the third quarter with a 9-0 run and the game was already over despite Kobe's willingness to stay in the court to give some spark to a team that does not look like a championship team at all.

Kobe who ended with 31 points, did was he always does, playing every ball as if it was the last one even after being sick with an stomach virus all day and needed intravenous fluids before the game. He also took all the shots nobody in the backcourt is willing to take. Blake, Sessions, Barnes and everybody else on the perimeter just move the ball and refuse to take the responsibility of providing some scoring. This situation allows Denver to throw all their body to Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol, whose confidence is lower than ever. Gasol ended with 3 points missing 9 of his 10 shots. Bynum had 10 points and 16 rebounds but made just 4 of 11 shots.

Ty Lawson scored 15 of his career-playoff high 32 points in the first quarter, including 4 of his 5 three-pointers. His Nuggets led by as many as 101-73 in the fourth quarter before the Lakers reserves reduced the deficit in garbage time.

Ron Artest will be able to play in game 7 after being suspended for 7 games and hopefully he will inject this team some life in a win-or-go-home game that could mean a very unexpected end for the Lakers 2012 season.

The Quotes

Mike Brown (LAL Coach): "Kobe being dehyrdrated and all that and sick as a dog, coming out and trying to will us to a win, it's disappointing to watch him give that type of effort ... and we don't get it from everybody. 'Our second- and third-best players are Drew and Pau and the reality is both of those guys got to play better in order for us to win"

Kobe Bryant (Lakers): "."

Pau Gasol (Lakers): "."

Matt Barnes (Lakers):

George Karl (Nuggets Coach): ""

Danilo Gallinari (Nuggets): ""

Highlights

Los Angeles Lakers Denver Nuggets
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Kobe Bryant 31 2 4 1 -  
Ramon Sessions 14 2 3 - -  
Andrew Bynum 11 16 3 - 4  
Devin Ebanks 10 2 - 1 -  
Jordan Hill 8 6 1 - -  
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Ty Lawson 32 5 6 - 1  
Corey Brewer 18 3 2 2 1  
Kenneth Faried 15 11 - 1 2  
Danilo Gallinari 12 4 7 1 1  
Andre Miller 12 4 2 1 1  

Complete Boxscore

DENVER NUGGETS
Starters Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Kenneth Faried, F 28 6-11 0-0 3-3 4 7 11 0 1 2 3 3 +14 15
Danilo Gallinari, SF 28 5-13 2-6 0-0 1 3 4 7 1 1 0 3 +27 12
Timofey Mozgov, C 24 3-5 0-0 2-4 1 3 4 2 0 1 0 3 +16 8
Arron Afflalo, SG 36 3-5 0-1 0-0 0 5 5 7 0 0 0 3 +26 6
Ty Lawson, PG 30 13-18 5-6 1-3 0 5 5 6 0 1 0 0 +22 32
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Al Harrington, PF 22 1-8 0-3 2-6 0 4 4 0 0 0 1 0 +6 4
Andre Miller, PG 24 5-10 1-1 1-1 2 2 4 2 1 1 5 3 -7 12
Corey Brewer, SF 19 8-12 2-3 0-0 0 3 3 2 2 1 0 0 -7 18
JaVale McGee, C 20 1-5 0-0 0-0 1 4 5 0 0 1 0 5 -1 2
Kosta Koufos, C 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 -1 0
Julyan Stone, G 4 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 -5 2
Jordan Hamilton, G 4 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 -5 2
Chris Andersen, C DNP COACH'S DECISION
Totals 47-91 10-20 9-17 10 37 47 26 6 8 11 22   113
Percentages: 51.6% 50.0% 52.9%
Fast break points:   9
Points in the paint:   32
Team TO ( points off ):   12 (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 29 1-10 0-0 1-2 1 2 3 1 1 1 0 2 -29 3
Devin Ebanks, SF 16 4-9 0-2 2-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 -1 10
Andrew Bynum, C 30 4-11 0-0 3-5 6 10 16 3 0 4 0 0 -22 11
Kobe Bryant, SG 37 13-23 1-4 4-4 0 2 2 4 1 0 3 3 -28 31
Ramon Sessions, PG 29 4-9 0-1 6-8 0 2 2 3 0 0 1 3 -23 14
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Troy Murphy, PF 6 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 +9 3
Matt Barnes, SF 25 2-8 1-4 1-2 1 4 5 3 0 1 2 3 -9 6
Steve Blake, PG 24 1-3 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 4 2 0 0 2 -7 3
Josh McRoberts, PF 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 1 +5 0
Jordan Hill, C 28 3-6 0-0 2-2 4 2 6 1 0 0 3 2 +3 8
Christian Eyenga, SF 7 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 +11 2
Darius Morris, G 5 1-1 0-0 3-4 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 +6 5
Andrew Goudelock, G DNP COACH'S DECISION
Totals 35-83 4-14 22-30 13 29 42 23 6 7 11 17   96
Percentages: 42.2% 28.6% 73.3%
Fast break points:   14
Points in the paint:   50
Team TO ( points off ):   12 (13)
+/- denotes team's net points while the player is on the court.
Flagrant Fouls: 1 LALAKERS ( K Bryant 1 )
Technical Fouls: PLAYERS: None - TEAMS (def3sec): LALAKERS (1) - COACHES: None
Officials: Ken Mauer , Ed Malloy , Rodney Mott
Attendance: 19,770
Time of Game: 2:23

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