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2012 NBA Playoffs: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets, Western Conference First Round, Game 7

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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 4 - 3 Denver Nuggets

GAME 7: L.A. Lakers 96 - Denver Nuggets 87

Leaders Points Rebounds Assists
Lakers Gasol: 23 Bynum: 18 Bryant: 8
Nuggets Harrington/Lawson: 24 McGee: 14 Miller: 8
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Tot
LAL 25 23 21 27 96
DEN 24 18 26 19 87
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May 12 - Staples Center, Los Angeles. Pau Gasol was Pau Gasol again and led the Lakers to a big win 96-87 in game 7 against the Nuggets.

Gasol, who once changed the Lakers fate when he was traded from the Grizzlies, had a horrible game 6 where he scored just 3 points but bounced back with an aggressiveness that showed the way for the team. He finished with 23 points, 17 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks. After receiving a lot of well deserved criticism for his attitude in game 6, Andrew Bynum had 16 points and a career playoff-high 18 rebounds. He grabbed 9 offensive boards to combine to Pau's 11.

From the beginning the Lakers stayed focused, not allowing the Nuggets to run and with the return from suspension of Metta World Peace they played very physical defense. World Peace not only shut down Danilo Gallinari who had 3 points, he also provided a much needed perimeter scoring connecting 4 three-pointers. And he wasn't the only one making threes. Kobe Bryant was doubled every time he touched the ball so he became a playmaker and Steve Blake took advantage of it by making 5 three-point shots, getting 19 points and helping to spread the floor.

The Lakers won the first half 48-42 and led by 16, 62-46, midway through the third quarter but Ty Lawson scored 13 points in the period and the Nuggets recovered fast to take the lead 73-69 with 10:44 left in the fourth. At the end the Lakers finished the series the way they were supposed to easily win it from the begging, taking advantage of the size and talent of their big men and making some three-pointers to spread the Nuggets defense. In that final period all the Lakers scoring was provided by Gasol who scored 8 points (and had 7 offensive rebounds, 4 in the same play), Bynum who added 7 points, and 4 three-pointers by Blake (2), World Peace and Bryant.

Ty Lawson and Al Harrington scored 24 points apiece for the Nuggets.

The Lakers with face Kevin Durant. Russell Westbrook and their Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference First Round.

The Quotes

Mike Brown (LAL Coach): about Metta World Peace..."He made plays tonight that won't show up in the stat sheet that was absolutely ... amazing. 'He was monstrous for us tonight"

Pau Gasol (Lakers): "We attacked the paint better. We pounded the boards as hard as we could, every single time. ... Our backs against the wall also had something to do with it."

George Karl (Nuggets Coach): "Tomorrow or the next day, when the funk gets out of your body, you're going to be proud of them. 'I've never been in a locker room at the end of a season where I'm proud of every guy. ... The game was so physical. I think their size won over our speed, barely. We made enough shots to win, but we just didn't rebound the ball"

Highlights

Los Angeles Lakers Denver Nuggets
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Pau Gasol 23 17 6 1 4 11 off rb
Steve Blake 19 2 3 2 1  
Kobe Bryant 17 1 8 - 1  
Andrew Bynum 16 18 1 1 6  
M. World Peace 15 5 2 4 2  
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Ty Lawson 24 5 6 - -  
Al Harrington 24 2 1 1 -  
Arron Afflalo 15 3 3 - 1  
JaVale McGee 6 14 1 1 5  
Kenneth Faried 6 10 1 1 -  

Complete Boxscore

DENVER NUGGETS
Starters Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Kenneth Faried, F 20 3-5 0-0 0-0 4 6 10 1 1 0 4 3 -19 6
Danilo Gallinari, SF 26 1-9 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 3 1 1 4 1 -12 3
Timofey Mozgov, C 15 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 0 0 2 1 2 -8 2
Arron Afflalo, SG 36 6-11 1-3 2-2 2 1 3 3 0 1 1 3 -10 15
Ty Lawson, PG 42 11-19 2-6 0-2 3 2 5 6 0 0 2 2 -6 24
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Al Harrington, PF 29 9-18 3-10 3-3 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 4 +6 24
Andre Miller, PG 27 1-10 0-1 1-1 6 5 11 8 0 0 5 3 0 3
Corey Brewer, SF 13 2-9 0-3 0-0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 +1 4
JaVale McGee, C 32 1-7 0-0 4-6 5 9 14 1 1 5 0 2 +3 6
Wilson Chandler, SF 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 35-89 7-26 10-14 23 31 54 23 5 9 18 21   87
Percentages: 39.3% 26.9% 71.4%
Fast break points:   18
Points in the paint:   44
Team TO ( points off ):   19 (27)
+/- 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 
Metta World Peace, SF 44 5-15 4-11 1-2 1 4 5 2 4 2 1 2 +18 15
Pau Gasol, PF 41 9-19 0-0 5-5 11 6 17 6 1 4 1 5 +14 23
Andrew Bynum, C 43 4-15 0-0 8-11 9 9 18 1 1 6 1 3 +6 16
Kobe Bryant, SG 45 7-16 2-2 1-4 1 0 1 8 0 1 3 2 +9 17
Ramon Sessions, PG 20 2-8 0-4 0-1 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 3 +3 4
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Matt Barnes, SF 6 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 4 4 0 1 0 1 1 -4 0
Steve Blake, PG 30 7-11 5-6 0-0 1 1 2 3 2 1 2 1 +1 19
Jordan Hill, C 12 1-4 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 1 3 -2 2
Devin Ebanks, SF 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Troy Murphy, PF DNP COACH'S DECISION
Josh McRoberts, PF DNP COACH'S DECISION
Andrew Goudelock, G DNP COACH'S DECISION
Darius Morris, G DNP COACH'S DECISION
Totals 35-89 11-24 15-23 24 26 50 22 10 14 11 20   96
Percentages: 39.3% 45.8% 65.2%
Fast break points:   11
Points in the paint:   36
Team TO ( points off ):   11 (8)
+/- 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: Derrick Stafford , Bill Spooner , Mike Callahan
Attendance: 18,997
Time of Game: 2:35

 

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