Moments after the Denver Nuggets' easy 113-96 Game Six victory, point guard Ty Lawson ended his national television interview with six words no Laker fan wanted to hear Thursday night:
"Game Seven. Los Angeles. Let's go," he said, a large smile crossing his mouth.
So it was onto the chartered plane for the hour-and-a-half flight back to STAPLES Center in L.A. and a chance to make history.
A win Saturday night against the staggering Lakers would make Denver just the 22nd team to win a seventh game on the opponent's home court. The hosts have won 86 times in that situation.
However, the way the Nuggets have embarrassed the Lakers in the first two close-out games, shows that the momentum has become the sole property of George Karl and company. Also the Lakers have some recent experience in blowing 3-1 series leads, having done so against the Phoenix Suns in 2006.
Lawson, the game's leading scorer with 32 points (also adding 6 assists and 5 rebounds), is...