Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/7/12

DENVER - Kobe Bryant scored 22 points and had eight rebounds, Andrew Bynum added 19 points and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets 92-88 in Game 4 on Sunday to take a commanding 3-1 lead in their Western Conference quarterfinal playoff series.

Jordan Hill had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who can close out the series in Game 5 in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Danilo Gallinari led Denver with 20 points, and Andre Miller had 15 off the bench for the Nuggets, who are facing elimination in the first round for the eighth time in the last nine years.

Down 86-84 with 1:06 left, Gallinari drained a shot from the corner to tie it. On the ensuing possession, Lakers guard Ramon Sessions drained a 3-pointer with 48 seconds remaining to make it 89-86.

Miller was called for basket interference with 40 seconds left and Steve Blake hit another 3 to put the Lakers ahead 92-86.

Pau Gasol had 13 points and nine rebounds and Blake finished with 10 points for the Lakers.

Ty Lawson, who missed a wide-open 3-pointer when the Nuggets trailed by two with 1:43 left, had 11 points.

The Nuggets led by five early in the third quarter before the Lakers went on a 10-2 run to take a 61-58 lead. Corey Brewer hit a desperation 3-pointer to beat the shot clock to tie it, and the teams stayed within three points of each other the rest of the period.

Bryant, who was 7-for-23 from the field in Game 3, had 20 points on 9-for-20 shooting and missed his only foul shot through the first 36 minutes.

Gallinari shook off a poor shooting night in Game 3 to lead Denver with 12 points in the first half. Miller had 11 as the Nuggets grabbed a 51-45 lead at the break.

Bryant led the Lakers with 12 points and Bynum had 11 points to keep Los Angeles within range.

Denver trailed 39-36 midway through the second quarter before going on a 13-3 run to take a 49-42 lead.

Bryant missed his first three shots before draining a 3-pointer to tie the game at 14 midway through the first quarter.

Bynum, who was held scoreless in the first half of Game 3, had nine points in the first quarter alone Sunday.

The Nuggets took a 28-26 lead after the first period on the strength of Miller's scoring. Miller had 10 points in just four minutes to spark Denver. Timofey Mozgov gave the Nuggets early offense, hitting 3 of 4 shots and finishing with six points.

Notes: The game was interrupted with about a minute left in the first half when a fan walked onto the court while Denver had the ball. She was escorted off the floor. ... Nuggets forward Al Harrington played with a mask on his face to protect his broken nose suffered Friday night. He took it off after he played about six minutes. ... Nuggets coach George Karl said before the game he would keep Mozgov in the starting lineup because he's superstitious. Mozgov played well in Game 3 and the Nuggets won. ... Entering Sunday, Bryant has scored 30 or more in 83 playoff games, second to Michael Jordan, who did it 109 times.

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