Found May 13, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
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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