Found May 09, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
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LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant took over more than one time in hopes of advancing the Lakers to the NBA playoffs' second round. But the Denver Nuggets held off Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers 102-99 in a Game 5 thriller at Staples Center on Tuesday night. Bryant scored 43 points, with 14 coming in a frenetic fourth quarter that saw the Lakers trailing by 15 points midway through. Bryant took over the game late in the third quarter in a way he failed to do in Games 3 and 4 in Denver, where he scored 22 points each time, with 30 percent shooting in Game 3 and 40 percent in Game 4. On Tuesday, he powered the Lakers to a surge that cut Denver's lead to 68-65, but then the Nuggets kicked it up a notch again behind backup guard Andre Miller. Miller finished with 24 points and eight assists, and another Nuggets reserve, JaVale McGee, provided some inside power, with 21 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks. Bryant hit four 3-pointers in the final quarter, but he missed a tying...
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