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Los Angeles Lakers
LOS ANGELES -- The Lakers still have a long way to go to be NBA champions again, but they did prove Saturday night they still have pride and toughness. The Lakers brought a heightened intensity to hold off the gutty Denver Nuggets, 96-87, in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series and advance to the Western Conference semifinals, starting Monday night in Oklahoma City. Pau Gasol had 23 points, 17 rebounds and six assists in an effort reminiscent of his epic Game 7 in the 2010 NBA Finals vs. Boston. Andrew Bynum added 16 points, 18 rebounds and five blocks, and Steve Blake chipped in his playoff career-high 19 points off the Lakers' bench. "No better time to play the game than situations like that," Blake said of Game 7. Denver was fueled by point guard Ty Lawson and forward Al Harrington, who each scored 24 points, but they combined to launch 16 3-point shots as the Nuggets failed to run-and-gun their way to the second round. "Power won over pace. Siz...
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EL SEGUNDO, CA-- The last time the Lakers took a three-games-to-one lead in the NBA Playoffs and then lost it and had to play a seventh game, it didn't turn out so well for them.
After losing the first game of the opening round series to Phoenix in 2006, the Lakers worked hard to win the next three by a total of just 14 points. Then the Suns regrouped for the final three games...
This year ESPN has centered their NBA studio coverage around Magic Johnson. Johnson's star power and close relationship with the Lakers and Los Angeles has been a focal point throughout the season. ESPN's main NBA studio was even moved to Magic's backyard in LA at the beginning of the year so he could appear as an analyst for the whole season.
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Despite his struggles and frequent mental lapses while with the Wizards, the Nuggets say they would "one hundred percent" like to sign JaVale McGee to a long-term extension.
As soon as Chris “Birdman” Andersen’s name was attached to a child pornography investigation, we figured his reputation might be permanently stained. But according to his lawyer, he may just be a victim in the case.
On Friday, The Denver Post shared a statement issued by Andersen’s lawyer. In the statement, the attorney says a California woman sent Birdman some scantily...
Ron Artest is who Ron Artest is. That “is” tends to be a person who publicly is a lightning rod for controversy.
After the Lakers defeated the Nuggets to move on to face the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference semifinals, Artest was asked if he would make a gesture to mend fences with the Thunder’s James Harden.
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An attorney for Denver Nuggets center Chris Andersen claimed Friday his client was the victim of extortion by a jaded young woman and not a suspect in a child pornography probe.
Andersen's Denver-area home was searched Thursday by a police unit investigating internet crimes against children.
But the Nuggets star's attorney, Colin Bresee, added a new twist to the troubling...
The Lakers are heading into what could be their last game of the 2011-2012 season. In Magic Johnson's eyes, the Lakers' Game 7 matchup Saturday night at Staples Center could also mark Mike Brown's last game as the Lakers coach.
But as Brown stood among a group of reporters at Saturday's morning shoot-around, he gave the impression that he's hardly concerned about...
Midway through the season, the Lakers got rid of trustworthy veteran Derek Fisher because he could no longer be trusted to defend against younger, quicker point guards. They replaced him with a younger, quicker guard in Ramon Sessions and kept backup Steve Blake.
In Game 6 Thursday night, it didn't make much of a difference to Ty Lawson. It hasn't for most of the series...
Some professional athletes rise up when everything is on the line while others crumble and can’t respond to the pressure. When Kobe Bryant needed his Lakers teammates to step-up when he was sick earlier this week, a #2 superstar on the Lakers was hard to find. In the Lakers 113-96 Game 6 loss earlier this week to the Denver Nuggets, Bryant was able to gut out 31 points, while playing...
After Kobe Bryant made a key shot in the final minute of the Los Angeles Lakers' series-clinching win over the Denver Nuggets Saturday night, he gave a high-five to Justin Timberlake in the front row while running back on defense.
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Andre Miller, 36, will test his free agency options this summer as the Denver Nugget becomes a unrestricted free agent. This season the veteran served as backup to rising star point guard, Ty Lawson. He averaged his lowest minutes of his career, but still managed to put up respectable numbers: 9.7 PPG and 6.7 APG. He touched on his future plans after his Nuggets got eliminated...
Andre Miller is set to become an unrestricted free agent.
Here is a video on NBA.com depicting JaVale and Pam’s special relationship as he went from a Washington Wizard to an important member of the Denver Nuggets.