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Lakers make statement in win against Nuggets


By Bryan Chu, for NBA.com
Posted Sunday February 28, 2010 8:23PM

LOS ANGELES (NBA.com exclusive) -- As the final buzzer sounded, Kobe Bryant pointed his bandaged right index finger in the air following the Lakers 95-89 victory against the Nuggets.

He walked to center court and embraced Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups and J.R. Smith.

It was that gesture that showed a sense of mutual respect for the two top teams in the Western Conference seemingly destined to meet again in the playoffs.

Even with their troubles against Denver this season, Bryant saw this Sunday's win at Staples Center as just that -- a win.

"I don't believe in statement games," Bryant said. "This (win) has nothing to do with the playoffs."

That's the bigger picture in Bryant's mind.

To his teammates, however, this victory was significant for the Lakers (45-15), who now trail the season series 1-3 with the final contest on April 8 at Denver.

"We haven't beaten any good teams this year," said Ron Artest, who had 17 points and tied a season high with six steals. "I think this was a big win."

Added Lamar Odom, who scored nine of his team-high 20 points in the final period to go along with 12 rebounds: "We answered the call. It was a big game."

For most of the game, the Nuggets (39-20) were the aggressor, leading by as many as 13 points.

But, the Lakers made their move at the start of the fourth quarter.

Los Angeles outscored Denver 15-4 thanks to stellar defense led by Artest and the play of Odom, who sparked the team's surge to an 82-74 lead with 7:57 left. Denver, however, answered with an 11-2 run to take an 85-84 lead with 5:08 to go. But, key baskets late by Bryant and Pau Gasol gave the Lakers the lead, 93-89, with 2:26 left.

The Nuggets struggled from that point on.

Carmelo Anthony, who had a game-high 21 points, picked up his sixth foul at the 2:13 mark and Denver wound up missing its final six shots to go along with five turnovers in the fourth period.

"I think they were much more aggressive in the second half than the first half," Anthony said.

Added Arron Afflalo, who had 16 points: "We're disappointed. We wanted this, no doubt."

In their Feb. 5 victory, Denver shot a blistering 57.1 percent from the field. On Sunday, they converted a season-low 35.9 percent. Despite cold-shooting and turning the ball over 20 times, the Nuggets did have a chance down the stretch.

"I'm pretty happy with playing as poorly as we played and still having a chance to win the game," Nuggets coach George Karl said. "Second half, they picked up the pressure on us and started a wrestling match with the ball."

An underlying difference in this game was the play of Bryant and Anthony. Bryant struggled to get 14 points on 3-for-17 shooting. But his work in the low block and playing the role of facilitator were key as he finished with a season-high 12 assists.

"He made everybody better today," Artest said.

On the other end, Anthony tried to win the game by himself. He finished 7-for-19 and recorded eight turnovers, a season high, to go along with one assist.

"When we find the open man and move the ball and have a high assist night," Karl said. "that's the key to us winning games."

Artest had a lot to do with Anthony's struggles.

"He did a great job tonight. He earned his money tonight," Bryant said. "That's what he's here for -- to defend and make life uncomfortable. He did a fantastic job."

"I think I'm in a little rhythm, defensively," said Artest, who cited his recent weight drop from 268 pounds to 255 helping his play.

It was nightmarish first half for the Lakers.

They trailed 52-43 at halftime and had it not been for little-used center Josh Powell -- yes, Powell, who led the Lakers with six points in the second period -- and seven missed free throws by Denver it could have been worse.

The Lakers recorded 13 of their 18 turnovers in the first half, one more than all of last game against Denver.

But in the second half, the Lakers' urgency changed, something Gasol, who finished with 15 points and a game-high 14 rebounds, feels needs to happen for the rest of season.

"We need to really be the aggressor," said Gasol, whose team is now 6-8 against the likes of Cleveland, Orlando, Boston, Denver, Dallas and Utah.

"We need to start challenging teams and posing our will in games because we can."

Nuggets
Lakers
     
    • 35.9%

    • 45.6%

    • 28.0%

    • 50.0%

    • 78.8%

    • 71.4%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
DEN LAL
Total Rebounds 11 5
Offensive Rebounds 12 12
Turnovers 20 17
Fast Break Pts: 8 12
Biggest Lead: 13 8
Points in the Paint: 26 50
DEN LAL
p Anthony   21 Odom   20
rb Nene   11 Gasol   14
a Billups   4 Bryant   12
s Smith   4 Artest   6
b 2 players   1 2 players   2
 
  • 11/11 - LAL @ DEN
  • 01/21 - LAL @ DEN
  • 04/03 - DEN @ LAL
Denver Nuggets (53-29)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
C. Anthony F 38:32 7-19 0-2 7-8 -7 3 2 5 1 6 1 8 0 0 21
K. Martin F 35:39 3-11 0-0 0-2 -11 3 6 9 3 4 0 3 1 0 6
N. Nene C 36:12 4-6 0-1 6-9 +6 4 7 11 2 1 3 2 0 0 14
A. Afflalo G 30:46 5-12 3-7 3-3 +1 0 2 2 1 5 0 2 1 2 16
C. Billups G 36:59 4-12 3-7 6-7 +4 0 5 5 4 0 1 5 0 2 17
C. Andersen   19:28 0-0 0-0 0-0 -7 0 4 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0
J. Smith   24:36 3-12 1-7 0-0 -11 2 3 5 2 2 4 0 0 1 7
J. Graham   04:41 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
T. Lawson   06:07 1-3 0-1 4-4 +2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
A. Carter   07:00 1-2 0-0 0-0 -7 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2
M. Allen DNP - Coach's Decision
J. Petro DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 28-78 7-25 26-33   12 31 43 15 20 11 20 2 6 89
  35.9% 28.0% 78.8%   team rebs: 11 total to: 20
Los Angeles Lakers (57-25)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
R. Artest F 40:30 6-13 4-7 1-2 +4 1 3 4 4 3 6 1 0 0 17
P. Gasol F-C 36:43 6-14 0-0 3-6 +3 6 8 14 1 3 0 3 1 1 15
A. Bynum C 22:13 3-7 0-0 0-0 -8 2 4 6 0 3 0 2 2 0 6
K. Bryant G 42:58 3-17 0-2 8-8 +11 1 4 5 12 1 3 5 2 1 14
D. Fisher G 28:28 3-5 2-2 0-0 +8 0 1 1 0 4 2 0 0 0 8
S. Brown   18:57 2-5 0-0 0-0 -10 1 0 1 2 1 1 2 0 0 4
L. Odom   30:51 8-13 1-4 3-4 +15 1 11 12 1 2 4 4 1 0 20
J. Farmar   13:07 2-2 1-1 0-1 +5 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 5
J. Powell   04:56 3-3 0-0 0-0 +2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
D. Mbenga   01:17 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
A. Morrison DNP - Coach's Decision
L. Walton DND - Pinched nerve, back
Total   240 36-79 8-16 15-21   12 35 47 22 19 16 17 6 2 95
  45.6% 50.0% 71.4%   team rebs: 5 total to: 18

inactive

  • Nuggets: Balkman
  • Lakers: Vujacic

technical fouls

  • Nuggets: --
  • Lakers: Bryant

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 10
  • Times Tied: 6

arena stats

  • Arena: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Officials: #41 Ken Mauer, #33 Sean Corbin, #61 Courtney Kirkland
  • Attendance: 18997
  • Duration: 2:31
Denver Nuggets (39-20) Los Angeles Lakers (45-15)
Start of 1st Quarter
(12:00) Jump Ball Bynum vs Nene (Fisher gains possession)
  11:48
[LAL 2-0]
Gasol Driving Hook Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Artest (1 AST) 
Anthony Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  11:28
[DEN 2-2]
 
  11:11 Gasol Jump Shot: Missed 
Martin Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  11:09  
  11:04 Fisher Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Billups Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  11:04  
Team Rebound  11:04  
Billups Free Throw 2 of 2 (1 PTS)  11:04
[DEN 3-2]
 
  10:52 Fisher Jump Shot: Missed 
  10:51 Gasol Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  10:44
[LAL 4-3]
Gasol Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Bryant (1 AST) 
Martin Jump Shot: Missed  10:22  
  10:21 Bynum Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  10:12 Bryant Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Anthony (1 ST) 
  10:07 Fisher Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Afflalo Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  10:07
[DEN 4-4]
 
  10:07 Fisher Substitution replaced by Brown 
Afflalo Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  10:07
[DEN 5-4]
 
  09:53 Bynum Dunk Shot: Missed 
Nene Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:50  
Billups Jump Shot: Missed Block: Bynum (1 BLK)  09:38  
Team Rebound  09:37  
Anthony Jump Shot: Missed  09:31  
  09:30 Gasol Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
Afflalo Foul : Personal (1 PF)  09:22  
  09:12
[LAL 6-5]
Brown Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Bryant (2 AST) 
Billups 3pt Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Martin (1 AST)  08:51
[DEN 8-6]
 
  08:38 Brown Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Nene (1 ST) 
Nene Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  08:35
[DEN 10-6]
 
  08:17 Artest Jump Shot: Missed 
  08:16 Gasol Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  08:12 Gasol Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Nene (2 ST) 
  08:07 Bryant Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  08:07
[DEN 11-6]
 
Anthony Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  08:07  
  08:05 Gasol Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
Martin Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  07:49  
  07:49 Gasol Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  07:49 Team Rebound 
  07:49
[LAL 7-11]
Gasol Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS) 
Nene Slam Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Martin (2 AST)  07:34
[DEN 13-7]
 
  07:15 Artest 3pt Shot: Missed 
Martin Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  07:14  
Martin Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Brown (1 ST)  07:12  
  07:06
[LAL 10-13]
Artest 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Brown (1 AST) 
Afflalo 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Nene (1 AST)  06:45
[DEN 16-10]
 
  06:33 Gasol Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Billups (1 ST) 
  06:21 Artest Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 2 (4 PTS)  06:21
[DEN 17-10]
 
  06:21 Team Timeout : Regular 
Anthony Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS)  06:21
[DEN 18-10]
 
  06:09 Brown Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) 
Martin Jump Hook Shot: Missed  05:58  
  05:56 Bynum Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  05:37
[LAL 12-18]
Bryant Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
  05:24 Bynum Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Nene Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  05:24  
Team Rebound  05:24  
  05:24 Bynum Substitution replaced by Odom 
Nene Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  05:24  
  05:23 Artest Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  05:11 Odom 3pt Shot: Missed 
Afflalo Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  05:10  
Anthony 3pt Shot: Missed  05:03  
  05:02 Bryant Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  04:54 Bryant Jump Shot: Missed 
Nene Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  04:52  
Afflalo 3pt Shot: Missed  04:42  
Nene Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  04:41  
Afflalo Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Artest (1 ST)  04:32  
  04:27 Brown Layup Shot: Missed 
  04:27 Team Rebound 
  04:19 Artest 3pt Shot: Missed 
Anthony Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  04:18  
  04:13 Gasol Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Nene Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS)  04:13
[DEN 19-12]
 
Nene Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS)  04:13
[DEN 20-12]
 
  03:56 Gasol Jump Shot: Missed 
Afflalo Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  03:55  
Gasol Violation:Kicked Ball  03:46  
Nene Substitution replaced by Andersen  03:46  
Martin Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Artest (2 ST)  03:40  
  03:36
[LAL 14-20]
Artest Driving Dunk Shot: Made (5 PTS) 
Martin Jump Shot: Missed  03:16  
  03:15 Gasol Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
Martin Foul : Loose Ball (2 PF)  03:15  
Afflalo Substitution replaced by Smith  03:15  
Martin Substitution replaced by Graham  03:15  
  03:00
[LAL 17-20]
Artest 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Odom (1 AST) 
Anthony Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS)  02:42
[DEN 22-17]
 
  02:18 Bryant Jump Shot: Missed 
  02:15 Gasol Rebound (Off:3 Def:3) 
  02:15
[LAL 19-22]
Gasol Tip Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Billups (1 AST)  01:57
[DEN 25-19]
 
  01:38
[LAL 21-25]
Odom Hook Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Graham Fade Away Jumper Shot: Missed  01:21  
  01:20 Odom Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  01:14 Odom Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Smith (1 ST) 
  01:13 Bryant Technical 
Team Timeout : Regular  01:13  
Billups Free Throw Technical (5 PTS)  01:13
[DEN 26-21]
 
Billups 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS)  01:01
[DEN 29-21]
 
  00:45.8 Bryant Jump Shot: Missed 
Graham Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  00:43.9  
Anthony Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Odom (1 ST)  00:35.9  
  00:29.9 Artest Reverse Layup Shot: Missed 
Billups Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  00:28.7  
Anthony 3pt Shot: Missed  00:21.9  
  00:19.9 Bryant Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  00:15.9 Odom Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Graham (1 ST) 
Anthony Jump Shot: Missed  00:02.6  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 1st Quarter
Denver Nuggets (39-20) Los Angeles Lakers (45-15)
Start of 2nd QuarterBack to Top
Anthony Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Odom (2 ST)  11:42  
  11:33 Brown Jump Shot: Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  11:32  
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  11:16  
Anthony Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  11:15  
Anthony Jump Shot: Missed  11:09  
  11:08 Odom Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  11:02 Bryant Jump Shot: Missed 
  11:01 Brown Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
Andersen Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  10:58  
  10:58
[LAL 22-29]
Bryant Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  10:58
[LAL 23-29]
Bryant Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Lawson 3pt Shot: Missed  10:38  
  10:37 Bryant Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  10:34 Bryant Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) 
Graham Substitution replaced by Nene  10:34  
Anthony Turnaround Fade Away shot: Made (9 PTS)  10:21
[DEN 31-23]
 
  10:08 Bynum Jump Shot: Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  10:07  
Anthony Driving Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Smith (1 AST)  09:56
[DEN 33-23]
 
  09:35 Odom Turnover : 3 Second Violation (3 TO) 
Team Timeout : Regular  09:35  
Anthony Substitution replaced by Afflalo  09:35  
  09:35 Bryant Substitution replaced by Fisher 
Nene Jump Shot: Missed  09:20  
  09:19 Odom Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  09:02 Bynum Layup Shot: Missed 
  09:01 Bynum Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  08:59
[LAL 25-33]
Bynum Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
  08:49 Farmar Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Lawson Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  08:49
[DEN 34-25]
 
Lawson Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  08:49
[DEN 35-25]
 
  08:32 Odom 3pt Shot: Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  08:30  
Afflalo Layup Shot: Missed  08:24  
  08:23 Odom Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  08:18
[LAL 27-35]
Brown Slam Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Farmar (1 AST) 
  08:07 Bynum Foul : Defense 3 Second (1 PF) 
Afflalo Free Throw Technical (6 PTS)  08:07
[DEN 36-27]
 
Lawson Jump Shot: Missed  07:59  
Nene Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  07:58  
  07:53 Bynum Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Lawson Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  07:53
[DEN 37-27]
 
Lawson Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  07:53
[DEN 38-27]
 
  07:43 Odom Jump Shot: Missed 
Andersen Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  07:42  
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  07:30  
  07:29 Farmar Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  07:18 Brown Fade Away Jumper Shot: Missed 
Nene Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  07:17  
Lawson Floating Jump shot: Made (6 PTS)  07:10
[DEN 40-27]
 
  06:52
[LAL 30-40]
Farmar 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Brown (2 AST) 
Nene Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Odom (3 ST)  06:39  
  06:36 Bynum Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Smith (2 ST) 
  06:35 Odom Foul : Loose Ball (1 PF) 
Andersen Substitution replaced by Martin  06:35  
Afflalo Fade Away Jumper Shot: Made (8 PTS)  06:17
[DEN 42-30]
 
  06:02
[LAL 32-42]
Odom Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
  05:53 Brown Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Timeout : Official  05:53  
Lawson Substitution replaced by Billups  05:53  
  05:53 Brown Substitution replaced by Bryant 
  05:53 Odom Substitution replaced by Gasol 
  05:53 Farmar Substitution replaced by Artest 
Martin Layup Shot: Missed  05:44  
  05:42 Gasol Rebound (Off:3 Def:4) 
  05:35 Gasol Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:Smith (3 ST) 
Smith Driving Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Afflalo (1 AST)  05:31
[DEN 44-32]
 
Afflalo Foul : Personal (2 PF)  05:08  
Afflalo Foul : Personal (3 PF)  05:03  
Afflalo Substitution replaced by Anthony  05:03  
  04:52
[LAL 35-44]
Artest 3pt Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Bryant (3 AST) 
Nene Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Billups (2 AST)  04:39
[DEN 46-35]
 
  04:39 Bynum Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
  04:39 Bynum Substitution replaced by Powell 
Nene Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed  04:39  
  04:37 Gasol Rebound (Off:3 Def:5) 
  04:26 Artest Layup Shot: Missed 
Martin Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  04:25  
Anthony Jump Shot: Missed  04:07  
Team Rebound  04:05  
Billups 3pt Shot: Missed  04:01  
Smith Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  04:00  
  03:54 Gasol Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Martin Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  03:54  
Team Rebound  03:54  
Martin Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  03:54  
  03:53 Team Rebound 
  03:28
[LAL 37-46]
Powell Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Artest (2 AST) 
Nene Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Martin (3 AST)  03:15
[DEN 48-37]
 
  03:15 Gasol Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
  03:15 Gasol Substitution replaced by Mbenga 
Anthony Turnover : Lane Violation (3 TO)  03:15  
  03:01
[LAL 39-48]
Powell Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Bryant (4 AST) 
Anthony Layup Shot: Missed  02:35  
  02:34 Mbenga Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  02:11 Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover 
  02:11 Team Timeout : Regular 
  01:58 Mbenga Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Nene Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS)  01:58
[DEN 49-39]
 
  01:58 Mbenga Substitution replaced by Odom 
Nene Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS)  01:58
[DEN 50-39]
 
Anthony Foul : Personal (1 PF)  01:47  
  01:34
[LAL 41-50]
Odom Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Powell (1 AST) 
Anthony Layup Shot: Missed  01:09  
Team Rebound  01:08  
Martin Alley Oop Layup shot: Missed  01:07  
  01:04 Powell Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  00:58.9 Bryant Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:Smith (4 ST) 
Smith Slam Dunk Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Anthony (1 AST)  00:54.9
[DEN 52-41]
 
  00:37.2
[LAL 43-52]
Powell Slam Dunk Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Artest (3 AST) 
Billups Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Artest (3 ST)  00:26.9  
  00:07.2 Bryant Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) 
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  00:02.7  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 2nd Quarter
Denver Nuggets (39-20) Los Angeles Lakers (45-15)
Start of 3rd QuarterBack to Top
Billups 3pt Shot: Missed  11:41  
Martin Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  11:40  
Anthony Jump Shot: Missed  11:33  
  11:31 Gasol Rebound (Off:3 Def:6) 
  11:21 Bryant Jump Shot: Missed 
Billups Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  11:19  
Billups Jump Shot: Missed  11:11  
  11:09 Artest Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  10:57
[LAL 45-52]
Bynum Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Bryant (5 AST) 
Martin Finger Roll Layup Shot: Missed  10:38  
  10:37 Bryant Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  10:20 Bynum Layup Shot: Missed 
  10:18 Bynum Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  10:18
[LAL 47-52]
Bynum Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Afflalo Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Artest (4 ST)  09:54  
  09:50
[LAL 49-52]
Artest Layup Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Bryant (6 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  09:50  
Anthony Jump Shot: Missed  09:32  
Nene Rebound (Off:3 Def:3)  09:31  
Jump Ball Artest vs Anthony  09:21  
Martin Jump Shot: Missed  09:13  
  09:11 Bynum Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
Martin Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  08:56  
  08:56
[LAL 50-52]
Gasol Free Throw 1 of 2 (8 PTS) 
  08:56 Gasol Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Martin Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  08:55  
Afflalo 3pt Shot: Missed  08:40  
Martin Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  08:37  
Martin Tip Shot: Made (2 PTS)  08:37
[DEN 54-50]
 
  08:19 Bynum Turnover : 3 Second Violation (2 TO) 
Martin Jump Shot: Missed  08:04  
  08:03 Fisher Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  07:56
[LAL 53-54]
Fisher 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) 
  07:32 Artest Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 2 (12 PTS)  07:32
[DEN 55-53]
 
Anthony Free Throw 2 of 2 (13 PTS)  07:32
[DEN 56-53]
 
  07:20 Gasol Turnaround Hook Shot: Missed 
Nene Rebound (Off:3 Def:4)  07:18  
Anthony Jump Shot: Missed  07:01  
Anthony Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  06:59  
Anthony Tip Shot: Missed  06:59  
Anthony Rebound (Off:3 Def:1)  06:55  
Anthony Tip Shot: Made (15 PTS)  06:55
[DEN 58-53]
 
Anthony Foul : Personal (2 PF)  06:49  
  06:42 Artest Jump Shot: Missed 
Martin Rebound (Off:2 Def:5)  06:41  
  06:22 Bynum Foul : Defense 3 Second (3 PF) 
Billups Free Throw Technical (9 PTS)  06:22
[DEN 59-53]
 
Billups Jump Shot: Missed Block: Bynum (2 BLK)  06:14  
  06:13 Bynum Rebound (Off:2 Def:4) 
  06:05 Bryant Turnover : Lost Ball (5 TO) Steal:Nene (3 ST) 
Afflalo Driving Dunk Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Nene (2 AST)  06:01
[DEN 61-53]
 
  05:32 Fisher Layup Shot: Missed 
Nene Rebound (Off:3 Def:5)  05:31  
Afflalo 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Billups (3 AST)  05:23
[DEN 64-53]
 
  05:22 Team Timeout : Regular 
  05:22 Bynum Substitution replaced by Odom 
  05:11
[LAL 56-64]
Fisher 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Anthony Turnover : Lost Ball (4 TO) Steal:Artest (5 ST)  04:51  
  04:36 Artest 3pt Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  04:35  
Afflalo 3pt Shot: Missed Block: Bryant (1 BLK)  04:19  
  04:17 Artest Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
Nene Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  04:08  
Nene Substitution replaced by Andersen  04:08  
  04:08
[LAL 57-64]
Odom Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS) 
  04:08
[LAL 58-64]
Odom Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS) 
Billups Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Fisher (1 ST)  03:56  
  03:51 Gasol Layup Shot: Missed 
  03:49 Bryant Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  03:47 Bryant Layup Shot: Missed Block: Afflalo (1 BLK) 
  03:45 Team Rebound 
  03:40 Bryant Layup Shot: Missed 
  03:38 Gasol Rebound (Off:4 Def:6) 
  03:37 Odom Turnover : Traveling (4 TO) 
Billups Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Bryant (1 ST)  03:27  
  03:20 Bryant 3pt Shot: Missed 
  03:18 Artest Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
Afflalo Foul : Shooting (4 PF)  03:05  
Afflalo Substitution replaced by Smith  03:05  
  03:05
[LAL 59-64]
Bryant Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
  03:05
[LAL 60-64]
Bryant Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS) 
Anthony Jump Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Billups (4 AST)  02:43
[DEN 66-60]
 
  02:20
[LAL 62-66]
Odom Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Bryant (7 AST) 
Billups Turnover : Lost Ball (4 TO) Steal:Fisher (2 ST)  02:10  
  02:06
[LAL 64-66]
Fisher Driving Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
Martin Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Andersen (1 AST)  01:49
[DEN 68-64]
 
Smith Foul : Personal (1 PF)  01:24  
  01:24
[LAL 65-68]
Artest Free Throw 1 of 2 (14 PTS) 
  01:24 Artest Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Andersen Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  01:23  
Martin Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Smith (2 AST)  01:00
[DEN 70-65]
 
Andersen Foul : Personal (2 PF)  00:50.8  
Billups Substitution replaced by Carter  00:50.8  
  00:50.8 Gasol Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  00:50.8 Team Rebound 
  00:50.8 Fisher Substitution replaced by Farmar 
  00:50.8
[LAL 66-70]
Gasol Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS) 
Anthony Turnover : Lost Ball (5 TO) Steal:Artest (6 ST)  00:37.9  
Anthony Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  00:17.2  
  00:17.2
[LAL 67-70]
Odom Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS) 
  00:17.2 Gasol Substitution replaced by Powell 
  00:17.2 Odom Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Team Rebound  00:16.8  
Anthony Turnover : Lost Ball (6 TO) Steal:Odom (4 ST)  00:00.9  
End of 3rd Quarter
Denver Nuggets (39-20) Los Angeles Lakers (45-15)
Start of 4th QuarterBack to Top
  11:48
[LAL 70-70]
Odom 3pt Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Artest (4 AST) 
Anthony Running Jump Shot: Made (19 PTS)  11:27
[DEN 72-70]
 
  11:07
[LAL 72-72]
Gasol Slam Dunk Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Bryant (8 AST) 
Smith Jump Shot: Missed  10:44  
  10:42 Odom Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  10:26 Bryant Layup Shot: Missed 
Carter Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  10:24  
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  10:19  
  10:18 Odom Rebound (Off:0 Def:6) 
  10:06
[LAL 74-72]
Odom Fade Away Bank shot: Made (16 PTS) 
Smith Jump Shot: Missed  09:48  
  09:46 Odom Rebound (Off:0 Def:7) 
  09:33
[LAL 76-72]
Gasol Turnaround Hook Shot: Made (13 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  09:32  
Martin Substitution replaced by Nene  09:32  
Carter Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  09:20
[DEN 74-76]
 
  09:01
[LAL 78-74]
Odom Floating Jump shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: Gasol (1 AST) 
Smith Layup Shot: Missed Block: Bryant (2 BLK)  08:34  
Team Rebound  08:34  
Anthony Substitution replaced by Afflalo  08:34  
  08:34 Artest Substitution replaced by Brown 
Nene 3pt Shot: Missed  08:31  
  08:30 Odom Rebound (Off:0 Def:8) 
  08:14
[LAL 80-74]
Bryant Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
Carter Layup Shot: Missed Block: Odom (1 BLK)  08:02  
  08:00 Gasol Rebound (Off:4 Def:7) 
  07:57
[LAL 82-74]
Farmar Driving Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Bryant (9 AST) 
Afflalo Foul : Shooting (5 PF)  07:57  
Smith Substitution replaced by Billups  07:57  
  07:57 Farmar Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed 
Nene Rebound (Off:3 Def:6)  07:55  
Afflalo Jump Shot: Missed  07:44  
  07:43 Odom Rebound (Off:0 Def:9) 
  07:34 Gasol Layup Shot: Missed 
Andersen Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  07:33  
Nene Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Bryant (2 ST)  07:18  
  07:11 Team Timeout : Regular 
  07:11 Bryant Substitution replaced by Artest 
  07:05 Artest Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Andersen (1 ST) 
Billups Jump Shot: Missed  06:56  
  06:55 Farmar Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  06:34 Gasol Jump Shot: Missed 
Nene Rebound (Off:3 Def:7)  06:33  
Afflalo 3pt Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Carter (1 AST)  06:17
[DEN 77-82]
 
  05:57 Odom 3pt Shot: Missed 
Andersen Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  05:56  
  05:51 Odom Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Carter Substitution replaced by Anthony  05:51  
Andersen Substitution replaced by Martin  05:51  
  05:51 Brown Substitution replaced by Bryant 
Nene Free Throw 1 of 2 (13 PTS)  05:51
[DEN 78-82]
 
  05:51 Farmar Substitution replaced by Fisher 
Nene Free Throw 2 of 2 (14 PTS)  05:51
[DEN 79-82]
 
  05:37 Bryant Jump Shot: Missed 
  05:36 Odom Rebound (Off:1 Def:9) 
  05:35 Odom Layup Shot: Missed 
Billups Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  05:34  
  05:30 Fisher Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
Billups Free Throw 1 of 3 (10 PTS)  05:30
[DEN 80-82]
 
Billups Free Throw 2 of 3 (11 PTS)  05:30
[DEN 81-82]
 
Billups Free Throw 3 of 3 (12 PTS)  05:30
[DEN 82-82]
 
  05:20
[LAL 84-82]
Bryant Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Billups 3pt Shot: Made (15 PTS)  05:06
[DEN 85-84]
 
  04:49 Gasol Layup Shot: Missed 
  04:48 Gasol Rebound (Off:5 Def:7) 
  04:47 Gasol Layup Shot: Missed Block: Martin (1 BLK) 
Anthony Rebound (Off:3 Def:2)  04:45  
Anthony Foul : Offensive (4 PF)  04:41  
Anthony Turnover : Foul (7 TO)  04:41  
  04:41 Gasol Substitution replaced by Bynum 
  04:25
[LAL 86-85]
Odom Turnaround Hook Shot: Made (20 PTS) Assist: Bryant (10 AST) 
Billups Step Back Jump shot: Made (17 PTS)  04:10
[DEN 87-86]
 
  03:53
[LAL 89-87]
Artest 3pt Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Bryant (11 AST) 
  03:45 Fisher Foul : Personal (4 PF) 
  03:38 Artest Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 2 (20 PTS)  03:38
[DEN 88-89]
 
Anthony Free Throw 2 of 2 (21 PTS)  03:38
[DEN 89-89]
 
  03:25 Bryant Jump Shot: Missed 
Martin Rebound (Off:2 Def:6)  03:24  
Billups Turnover : Bad Pass (5 TO) Steal:Bryant (3 ST)  03:06  
Anthony Foul : Shooting (5 PF)  03:03  
  03:03
[LAL 90-89]
Bryant Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS) 
  03:03 Bynum Substitution replaced by Gasol 
  03:03
[LAL 91-89]
Bryant Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS) 
Billups 3pt Shot: Missed  02:50  
  02:49 Gasol Rebound (Off:5 Def:8) 
  02:26
[LAL 93-89]
Gasol Driving Layup Shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Bryant (12 AST) 
Anthony Foul : Offensive (6 PF)  02:13  
Anthony Turnover : Foul (8 TO)  02:13  
  02:13 Timeout : Official 
Anthony Substitution replaced by Smith  02:13  
  01:56 Bryant Jump Shot: Missed 
Billups Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  01:54  
Billups 3pt Shot: Missed  01:49  
Nene Rebound (Off:4 Def:7)  01:48  
Afflalo Jump Shot: Missed Block: Gasol (1 BLK)  01:35  
Smith Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  01:33  
Afflalo 3pt Shot: Missed  01:27  
Martin Rebound (Off:3 Def:6)  01:25  
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  01:18  
  01:17 Odom Rebound (Off:1 Def:10) 
  00:52.9 Bryant Jump Shot: Missed 
Billups Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  00:51.9  
Martin Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (3 TO)  00:46.3  
  00:23.9 Bryant 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:22.9 Gasol Rebound (Off:6 Def:8) 
Martin Foul : Personal (4 PF)  00:15.5  
Smith Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  00:12.7  
  00:12.7
[LAL 94-89]
Bryant Free Throw 1 of 2 (13 PTS) 
  00:12.7
[LAL 95-89]
Bryant Free Throw 2 of 2 (14 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Short  00:12.7  
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  00:07.8  
  00:06.4 Odom Rebound (Off:1 Def:11) 
End of 4th Quarter
broadcast information
country channel time
usa ABC National 3:30 pm ET
 
standings
w
l
l10
h
a
DEN
1st Northwest
53
29
6-4
34-7
19-22
LAL
1st Pacific
57
25
4-6
34-7
23-18
 
ppg
rpg
apg
bpg
spg
DEN
2 players 30.7
2 players 8.5
2 players 6.3
2 players 1.2
2 players 2.0
LAL
Bryant 33.7
Gasol 14.5
Bryant 8.3
Gasol 2.8
Bryant 2.1

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