LOS ANGELES -- Despite the fact that they head back home down 2-games-to-none in their opening round playoff series against the Lakers, the Denver Nuggets aren't going back as a thoroughly beaten basketball team.
Yes, Los Angeles took Game One convincingly, never trailing and finishing with a 103-88 win. Kobe Bryant scored 31 and center Andrew Bynum collected his first-ever triple-double13 rebounds, 10 points and 10 blocksthe blocked shots equalling Hakeem Olajuwon's NBA playoff record. Tuesday's game was quite similar, with the Lakers building a 19 point lead71-52--halfway through the third quarter and looking invincible.
They weren't, as the Nuggets never quit trying, and with1:29 left in the game the Lakers were clinging to a 98-94 lead. Ramon Sessions scored four points and Kobe added the Lakers' final two points from the free throw line to give the Lakers a 104-100 lead.
L.A. realizes that the entire tone of the series may have changed in the fourth quarter, and that their ...