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'Melo saves the day for Nuggets in big win over Lakers


By Michael Kelly, for NBA.com
Posted Friday April 9, 2010 3:04AM

DENVER (NBA.com exclusive) -- With the Northwest Division lead hanging in the balance, the Nuggets needed to stop the Lakers from hitting the last shot.

Fortunately for them, Kobe Bryant was in street clothes and Derek Fisher had the ball in his hands. Fisher has hit big shots in his career, but Thursday, on national TV, Carmelo Anthony wouldn't let him be the hero.

Anthony blocked Fisher's 3-point attempt as time expired and Denver escaped with a 98-96 victory.

"That felt just as good as hitting the game-winner," Anthony said. "That was a game-winner."

The Nuggets' fourth straight win gave them a game lead on the Jazz in the division and kept them in the hunt for the No. 2 seed with three games left.

"For us, the playoffs started a week ago and we got to play ugly and fight scrap claw and try to get out the best way we can," Chauncey Billups said.

It was fortunate that Bryant sat out Thursday's game with what the team said was swelling in his right knee. With Los Angeles needing just one win in its last three games to clinch the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, resting guys is a luxury the rest of the conference lacks.

"We want him ready for the playoffs -- that's the bottom line," said Lakers center Pau Gasol, who had 26 points and 13 rebounds. "The coaching staff decided to sit him out and we've got to play hard and win ballgames anyway."

Coach Phil Jackson said it was Bryant's decision to sit out Thursday and he said the former MVP will probably miss Friday's game at Minnesota.

"I really don't anticipate [him playing] but I'll let him make that decision," Jackson said. "He knows exactly what he has to do to get himself ready."

Even without Bryant the Lakers feel they should have clinched the top seed Thursday. Down 63-50 in the third, the Lakers went on a 17-4 run over the next 6:03 to tie it at 67, and the Lakers took a 74-73 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Nuggets looked overmatched when the Lakers took an 89-82 lead midway through the fourth, but they clawed their way back. Down 92-87, Anthony, who had a game-high 31, scored on a layup, and his 3-pointer with 2:37 left tied the game.

The Nuggets led 97-96 when the game turned on a close call by the officials. Shannon Brown blocked J.R. Smith's 10-footer on the baseline, and when Brown threw the ball to Fisher upcourt, Billups jumped in and deflected the ball off Fisher and out of bounds.

The officials confirmed their call through a video review, but Jackson didn't agree with the decision.

"It was our ball but they had already called it Denver's ball and there wasn't enough [evidence to overturn it]," he said. "He hit Fisher's arm and Fisher's arm knocked it out."

Smith hit a free throw with 12.7 seconds left, and then Anthony came through with his defense.

"Tonight it was meant for me to be out there and play defense on that last play," he said. "I made the block and saved us tonight."

It might have saved the Nuggets' playoff position, too. With three games left Denver is 52-27, a game ahead of Utah in the Northwest Division. If the Nuggets win their final two home games they can clinch their second straight division title and aim for the No. 2 overall seed.

"That's the most important thing on our plate right now, on our mind, to at least win the division and see what happens from there," Anthony said.

If anything, the Nuggets are showing resiliency. A night after coming back from 13 down in the fourth to win at Oklahoma City, they dug deep and beat the Lakers to win the season series against the defending champs.

More important, they want to win a playoff series against the Lakers.

"It's always fun to play against them, but I'm pretty sure we're going to have some tests before then," Anthony said.

Lakers
Nuggets
     
    • 36.6%

    • 43.6%

    • 38.1%

    • 44.0%

    • 84.8%

    • 67.9%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
LAL DEN
Total Rebounds 10 9
Offensive Rebounds 17 9
Turnovers 10 9
Fast Break Pts: 10 9
Biggest Lead: 7 15
Points in the Paint: 30 32
LAL DEN
p Gasol   26 Anthony   31
rb 2 players   13 3 players   7
a Gasol   5 Billups   6
s 2 players   2 5 players   1
b Gasol   3 Anthony   3
 
  • 11/11 - LAL @ DEN
  • 01/21 - LAL @ DEN
  • 04/03 - DEN @ LAL
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 38:35 7-11 3-4 5-6 +8 3 3 6 3 2 2 4 0 1 22
L. Odom F 34:17 1-6 0-1 3-4 +3 2 11 13 1 4 1 2 0 0 5
P. Gasol F-C 43:31 8-17 0-0 10-11 -2 6 7 13 5 3 0 3 3 2 26
S. Vujacic G 25:39 3-12 2-7 0-0 -13 1 2 3 1 2 0 0 1 0 8
D. Fisher G 35:34 2-11 0-2 6-8 -2 1 3 4 4 1 2 0 0 1 10
S. Brown   26:47 3-12 2-6 4-4 +11 0 1 1 0 4 0 1 1 2 12
D. Mbenga   04:29 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 3 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
J. Farmar   15:32 3-8 1-1 0-0 -4 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 7
L. Walton   03:42 0-1 0-0 0-0 -4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Powell   11:54 2-3 0-0 0-0 -7 3 2 5 1 2 0 0 0 1 4
K. Bryant DND - INJ - Right Knee Swelling
A. Morrison DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 30-82 8-21 28-33   17 35 52 16 20 5 10 6 7 96
  36.6% 38.1% 84.8%   team rebs: 10 total to: 11
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 41:49 10-20 3-5 8-11 -1 2 2 4 4 4 1 1 3 1 31
N. Nene C 33:36 2-7 0-0 7-10 +17 1 6 7 4 4 1 2 1 1 11
J. Petro C 18:40 1-3 0-0 0-0 +12 1 6 7 1 4 1 1 0 0 2
A. Afflalo G 18:03 3-7 1-2 1-1 -5 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 1 1 8
C. Billups G 38:59 4-14 2-6 2-2 +9 0 4 4 6 1 0 3 0 1 12
J. Smith   31:58 10-19 5-11 1-2 +5 1 5 6 1 3 1 0 0 1 26
C. Andersen   25:33 2-3 0-0 0-0 -18 3 4 7 0 3 0 0 2 0 4
M. Allen   10:26 0-2 0-1 0-0 -11 0 0 0 2 3 0 1 0 0 0
T. Lawson   09:01 1-2 0-0 0-0 -7 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 2
J. Graham   03:28 0-0 0-0 0-2 +4 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Carter   08:26 1-1 0-0 0-0 +5 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
R. Balkman DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 34-78 11-25 19-28   9 30 39 23 23 5 9 7 6 98
  43.6% 44.0% 67.9%   team rebs: 9 total to: 10

inactive

  • Lakers: Bynum
  • Nuggets: Martin

technical fouls

  • Lakers: --
  • Nuggets: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 9
  • Times Tied: 11

arena stats

  • Arena: Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
  • Officials: #43 Dan Crawford, #59 Gary Zielinski, #61 Courtney Kirkland
  • Attendance: 20044
  • Duration: 2:34
Los Angeles Lakers (55-23) Denver Nuggets (52-27)
Start of 1st Quarter
(12:00) Jump Ball Petro vs Gasol (Fisher gains possession)
Gasol Turnover : Backcourt Turnover (1 TO)  11:40  
  11:27 Nene Jump Shot: Missed 
Odom Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  11:26  
Odom Jump Shot: Missed  11:02  
  11:01 Afflalo Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  10:53 Billups Jump Shot: Missed 
Gasol Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  10:52  
Artest Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Odom (1 AST)  10:40
[LAL 2-0]
 
  10:22
[DEN 2-2]
Afflalo Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Vujacic Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  10:22  
  10:22
[DEN 3-2]
Afflalo Free Throw 1 of 1 (3 PTS) 
Gasol Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  10:03  
  10:02 Anthony Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:41
[DEN 5-2]
Anthony Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Billups (1 AST) 
Gasol Jump Shot: Missed  09:18  
  09:16 Billups Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:10 Nene Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
Artest Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Fisher (1 AST)  08:56
[LAL 4-5]
 
Gasol Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  08:45  
  08:45
[DEN 6-4]
Nene Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  08:45
[DEN 7-4]
Nene Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
Gasol Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Vujacic (1 AST)  08:32
[LAL 6-7]
 
  08:17 Billups 3pt Shot: Missed 
Gasol Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  08:16  
Artest Driving Layup Shot: Missed  08:03  
  08:02 Petro Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  07:57 Nene Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Missed 
Odom Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  07:55  
Gasol Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Artest (1 AST)  07:35
[LAL 8-7]
 
  07:18 Billups 3pt Shot: Missed 
Odom Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  07:17  
Fisher Jump Shot: Missed  07:01  
  07:01 Team Rebound 
Odom Foul : Loose Ball (1 PF)  07:01  
  06:49 Anthony Layup Shot: Missed 
Fisher Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  06:47  
Fisher Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  06:41
[LAL 10-7]
 
Fisher Foul : Personal (1 PF)  06:27  
  06:17 Petro Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Fisher (1 ST) 
Gasol Layup Shot: Missed Block: Anthony (1 BLK)  06:11  
  06:09 Anthony Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  06:01 Nene Slam Dunk Shot: Missed 
  05:58 Anthony Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  05:55
[DEN 9-10]
Anthony Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Fisher 3pt Shot: Missed  05:36  
  05:35 Afflalo Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  05:29 Nene Foul : Loose Ball (1 PF) 
  05:29 Nene Turnover : Foul (2 TO) 
  05:29 Team Timeout : Regular 
Fisher Jump Shot: Missed  05:03  
  05:02 Billups Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  04:47
[DEN 12-10]
Anthony 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Nene (1 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  04:40  
Vujacic Jump Shot: Missed  04:32  
Odom Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  04:31  
Odom Jump Hook Shot: Missed  04:27  
Gasol Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  04:26  
Vujacic 3pt Shot: Missed  04:22  
  04:21 Nene Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  04:04
[DEN 15-10]
Billups 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Petro (1 AST) 
  03:46 Petro Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
  03:46 Afflalo Substitution replaced by Smith 
Gasol Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS)  03:46
[LAL 11-15]
 
Vujacic Substitution replaced by Brown  03:46  
Gasol Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS)  03:46
[LAL 12-15]
 
  03:29
[DEN 17-12]
Nene Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Anthony (1 AST) 
Artest Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Anthony (1 ST)  03:14  
  03:08
[DEN 20-12]
Anthony 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Smith (1 AST) 
  02:53 Nene Substitution replaced by Andersen 
Artest Turnover : 3 Second Violation (2 TO)  02:42  
  02:23 Anthony Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Artest (1 ST) 
  02:21 Petro Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Artest Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS)  02:21
[LAL 13-20]
 
Artest Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  02:21  
  02:19 Petro Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  02:13 Billups Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  02:12  
Artest 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Fisher (2 AST)  01:56
[LAL 16-20]
 
  01:34 Billups Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Missed 
  01:33 Petro Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  01:32
[DEN 22-16]
Petro Putback Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Brown Fade Away Jumper Shot: Missed  01:11  
  01:10 Billups Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  00:57.8 Anthony Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  00:56.8  
  00:56.8 Petro Substitution replaced by Allen 
Odom Jump Shot: Missed  00:44.5  
Gasol Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  00:43.5  
Gasol Tip Shot: Made (8 PTS)  00:43.5
[LAL 18-22]
 
  00:29.9 Smith 3pt Shot: Missed 
Odom Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  00:28.9  
  00:25.6 Smith Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Brown Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  00:25.6
[LAL 19-22]
 
Gasol Substitution replaced by Mbenga  00:25.6  
Brown Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  00:25.6
[LAL 20-22]
 
  00:03.4 Anthony Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Mbenga Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  00:02.4  
Brown 3pt Shot: Missed  00:00.9  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 1st Quarter
Los Angeles Lakers (55-23) Denver Nuggets (52-27)
Start of 2nd QuarterBack to Top
Mbenga Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  11:40  
  11:40
[DEN 23-20]
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS) 
  11:40 Anthony Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Mbenga Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  11:39  
Farmar Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Artest (2 AST)  11:22
[LAL 22-23]
 
  11:07 Allen Jump Shot: Missed 
Farmar Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  11:05  
  11:03 Allen Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Odom Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  11:03
[LAL 23-23]
 
Odom Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  11:03  
  11:01 Andersen Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  10:46 Allen Turnover : 3 Second Violation (1 TO) 
Artest Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS)  10:27
[LAL 25-23]
 
  10:03 Smith 3pt Shot: Missed 
Odom Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  10:03  
  09:54 Anthony Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Farmar Turnaround Fade Away shot: Missed  09:44  
Mbenga Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  09:43  
  09:37 Allen Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Brown Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  09:37
[LAL 26-23]
 
  09:37 Allen Substitution replaced by Nene 
Brown Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  09:37
[LAL 27-23]
 
  09:23
[DEN 25-27]
Smith Running Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Odom Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Lawson (1 ST)  09:20  
  09:17
[DEN 27-27]
Lawson Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Odom Jump Shot: Missed  09:05  
  09:04 Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  08:59 Anthony 3pt Shot: Missed 
Mbenga Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  08:57  
Farmar Jump Shot: Missed  08:44  
Artest Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  08:42  
Mbenga Jump Bank Shot: Made (2 PTS)  08:37
[LAL 29-27]
 
  08:23
[DEN 29-29]
Anthony Jump Shot: Made (13 PTS) 
Artest Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:Smith (1 ST)  08:00  
Brown Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  07:57  
  07:57 Timeout : Official 
Artest Substitution replaced by Walton  07:57  
Odom Substitution replaced by Gasol  07:57  
Mbenga Substitution replaced by Powell  07:57  
  07:57
[DEN 30-29]
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 2 (14 PTS) 
  07:57
[DEN 31-29]
Anthony Free Throw 2 of 2 (15 PTS) 
  07:43 Nene Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
  07:43 Anthony Substitution replaced by Graham 
Brown 3pt Shot: Missed  07:27  
Powell Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  07:26  
  07:22 Andersen Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Gasol Free Throw 1 of 2 (9 PTS)  07:22
[LAL 30-31]
 
Gasol Free Throw 2 of 2 (10 PTS)  07:22
[LAL 31-31]
 
Powell Foul : Personal (1 PF)  07:14  
Brown Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  07:04  
  07:04 Graham Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  07:04 Team Rebound 
  07:04 Graham Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Powell Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  07:02  
Powell Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  06:54
[LAL 33-31]
 
Walton Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  06:39  
  06:39 Andersen Substitution replaced by Petro 
  06:39
[DEN 32-33]
Nene Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
  06:39 Lawson Substitution replaced by Billups 
  06:39
[DEN 33-33]
Nene Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS) 
Brown Layup Shot: Missed Block: Nene (1 BLK)  06:29  
  06:27 Graham Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  06:24
[DEN 35-33]
Smith Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Graham (2 AST) 
Brown Jump Shot: Missed  06:09  
  06:08 Petro Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  05:59
[DEN 38-33]
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Graham (1 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  05:51  
Brown Substitution replaced by Fisher  05:51  
Farmar Substitution replaced by Vujacic  05:51  
Vujacic Jump Shot: Missed  05:45  
Powell Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  05:44  
Powell Putback Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS)  05:43
[LAL 35-38]
 
  05:24
[DEN 41-35]
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Nene (2 AST) 
Walton Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  05:03  
  05:02 Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  04:54 Smith 3pt Shot: Missed 
Gasol Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  04:53  
Vujacic Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Gasol (1 AST)  04:47
[LAL 37-41]
 
  04:21
[DEN 44-37]
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Nene (3 AST) 
  04:15 Petro Foul : Personal (3 PF) 
  04:15 Graham Substitution replaced by Anthony 
Walton Substitution replaced by Artest  04:15  
Fisher Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  04:15  
Team Rebound  04:15  
  04:15 Petro Substitution replaced by Andersen 
Fisher Free Throw 2 of 2 (3 PTS)  04:15
[LAL 38-44]
 
Powell Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  04:02  
  04:02
[DEN 45-38]
Nene Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS) 
  04:02
[DEN 46-38]
Nene Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS) 
Gasol Jump Hook Shot: Missed Block: Andersen (1 BLK)  03:46  
  03:44 Nene Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  03:33 Billups Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Fisher (2 ST) 
Artest Finger Roll Layup Shot: Missed  03:30  
  03:26 Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
Vujacic Foul : Personal (2 PF)  03:23  
  03:23 Anthony Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  03:23 Team Rebound 
  03:23
[DEN 47-38]
Anthony Free Throw 2 of 2 (16 PTS) 
Gasol Layup Shot: Missed  03:03  
Powell Rebound (Off:3 Def:1)  03:01  
Powell Layup Shot: Missed Block: Anthony (2 BLK)  03:00  
  02:58 Nene Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  02:49
[DEN 50-38]
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Anthony (2 AST) 
Artest 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Fisher (3 AST)  02:33
[LAL 41-50]
 
  02:20
[DEN 52-41]
Anthony Jump Shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: Nene (4 AST) 
Artest Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  02:20  
  02:20 Team Timeout : Regular 
Powell Substitution replaced by Odom  02:20  
  02:20
[DEN 53-41]
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 1 (19 PTS) 
Vujacic Jump Shot: Missed  02:08  
  02:07 Nene Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  02:01 Nene Substitution replaced by Afflalo 
  01:51 Smith Jump Shot: Missed 
  01:50 Andersen Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  01:50 Andersen Tip Shot: Missed 
  01:49 Team Rebound 
Odom Substitution replaced by Brown  01:49  
  01:42
[DEN 55-41]
Andersen Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Billups (2 AST) 
Gasol Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Artest (3 AST)  01:24
[LAL 43-55]
 
  01:06
[DEN 57-43]
Afflalo Reverse Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Anthony (3 AST) 
  00:49.3 Andersen Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
Gasol Free Throw 1 of 2 (13 PTS)  00:49.3
[LAL 44-57]
 
Gasol Free Throw 2 of 2 (14 PTS)  00:49.3
[LAL 45-57]
 
  00:37.9 Billups Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Artest (2 ST) 
Artest Layup Shot: Missed Block: Andersen (2 BLK)  00:33.9  
Gasol Rebound (Off:3 Def:3)  00:32.5  
Vujacic 3pt Shot: Missed  00:30.3  
Artest Rebound (Off:2 Def:0)  00:29.3  
  00:28.3 Smith Foul : Loose Ball (2 PF) 
Artest Free Throw 1 of 2 (14 PTS)  00:28.3
[LAL 46-57]
 
Artest Free Throw 2 of 2 (15 PTS)  00:28.3
[LAL 47-57]
 
  00:03.9 Afflalo Fade Away Jumper Shot: Missed 
Fisher Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  00:03.1  
Brown 3pt Shot: Missed Block: Afflalo (1 BLK)  00:00.2  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 2nd Quarter
Los Angeles Lakers (55-23) Denver Nuggets (52-27)
Start of 3rd QuarterBack to Top
  11:45
[DEN 59-47]
Nene Driving Dunk Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Billups (3 AST) 
Odom Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Petro (1 ST)  11:24  
  11:16 Anthony 3pt Shot: Missed 
Odom Rebound (Off:1 Def:6)  11:16  
Fisher Jump Shot: Missed  10:59  
  10:58 Petro Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  10:47 Petro Layup Shot: Missed 
Gasol Rebound (Off:3 Def:4)  10:46  
Brown Driving Layup Shot: Missed  10:32  
  10:31 Petro Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
  10:19
[DEN 62-47]
Afflalo 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Anthony (4 AST) 
Gasol Jump Hook Shot: Made (16 PTS)  09:51
[LAL 49-62]
 
Team Violation : Delay Of Game  09:51  
Gasol Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  09:34  
  09:34
[DEN 63-49]
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 2 (20 PTS) 
  09:34 Anthony Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Artest Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  09:33  
  09:15 Afflalo Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Gasol Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  09:15  
Team Rebound  09:15  
Gasol Free Throw 2 of 2 (17 PTS)  09:15
[LAL 50-63]
 
  08:57 Billups Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Odom (1 ST) 
Gasol Jump Shot: Missed  08:43  
  08:42 Petro Rebound (Off:1 Def:6) 
  08:25 Afflalo Jump Shot: Missed 
Odom Rebound (Off:1 Def:7)  08:24  
Fisher Driving Layup Shot: Missed  08:09  
Fisher Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  08:08  
  08:07 Anthony Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Fisher Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  08:07  
Team Rebound  08:07  
Fisher Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  08:07
[LAL 51-63]
 
  07:45 Anthony Jump Shot: Missed 
Odom Rebound (Off:1 Def:8)  07:45  
  07:39 Nene Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
Odom Free Throw 1 of 2 (2 PTS)  07:39
[LAL 52-63]
 
Odom Free Throw 2 of 2 (3 PTS)  07:39
[LAL 53-63]
 
Brown Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  07:31  
  07:31
[DEN 64-53]
Billups Free Throw 1 of 2 (4 PTS) 
  07:31
[DEN 65-53]
Billups Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS) 
Fisher Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS)  07:08
[LAL 55-65]
 
  06:48 Petro Jump Hook Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  06:47  
  06:47 Petro Foul : Loose Ball (4 PF) 
  06:47 Petro Substitution replaced by Andersen 
Brown 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Gasol (2 AST)  06:24
[LAL 58-65]
 
  06:06 Nene Layup Shot: Missed Block: Gasol (1 BLK) 
  06:05 Nene Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  06:04 Afflalo Turnover : Traveling (1 TO) 
Brown Jump Shot: Missed  05:48  
Gasol Rebound (Off:4 Def:4)  05:47  
Gasol Tip Shot: Missed  05:47  
  05:45 Andersen Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  05:32 Billups 3pt Shot: Missed 
Gasol Rebound (Off:4 Def:5)  05:31  
Odom 3pt Shot: Missed  05:25  
Artest Rebound (Off:3 Def:1)  05:24  
Artest 3pt Shot: Made (18 PTS)  05:20
[LAL 61-65]
 
  05:16 Team Timeout : Regular 
  05:16 Team Violation : Delay Of Game 
  04:59 Anthony Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
  04:58 Andersen Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  04:57
[DEN 67-61]
Andersen Putback Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Artest Layup Shot: Made (20 PTS) Assist: Gasol (3 AST)  04:40
[LAL 63-67]
 
  04:15 Afflalo 3pt Shot: Missed Block: Gasol (2 BLK) 
  04:14 Afflalo Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  04:13 Afflalo Running Jump Shot: Missed 
  04:12 Team Rebound 
  04:12 Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover 
  04:12 Afflalo Substitution replaced by Smith 
Brown 3pt Shot: Missed  03:48  
Odom Rebound (Off:2 Def:8)  03:47  
Odom Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS)  03:45
[LAL 65-67]
 
  03:21 Billups Jump Shot: Missed 
Gasol Rebound (Off:4 Def:6)  03:20  
Brown Slam Dunk Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Gasol (4 AST)  03:16
[LAL 67-67]
 
  02:54 Anthony Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Missed 
Gasol Rebound (Off:4 Def:7)  02:53  
Fisher Jump Shot: Missed  02:47  
  02:46 Team Rebound 
Team Timeout : Regular  02:46  
Odom Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  02:33  
  02:33 Nene Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  02:33 Team Rebound 
  02:33 Nene Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Odom Rebound (Off:2 Def:9)  02:32  
  02:16 Nene Foul : Shooting (4 PF) 
Gasol Free Throw 1 of 2 (18 PTS)  02:16
[LAL 68-67]
 
Gasol Free Throw 2 of 2 (19 PTS)  02:16
[LAL 69-67]
 
  02:01
[DEN 69-69]
Billups Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
Brown 3pt Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Fisher (4 AST)  01:42
[LAL 72-69]
 
  01:29
[DEN 71-72]
Billups Jump Shot: Made (9 PTS) 
Fisher Jump Shot: Missed  01:03  
  01:02 Nene Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
  00:50.9 Billups Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Missed 
Artest Rebound (Off:3 Def:2)  00:50.1  
  00:49.6 Anthony Foul : Personal (3 PF) 
  00:49.6 Nene Substitution replaced by Allen 
Artest Free Throw 1 of 2 (21 PTS)  00:49.6
[LAL 73-71]
 
Artest Free Throw 2 of 2 (22 PTS)  00:49.6
[LAL 74-71]
 
  00:35.6
[DEN 73-74]
Anthony Jump Shot: Made (22 PTS) Assist: Billups (4 AST) 
Artest Foul : Offensive (2 PF)  00:26.1  
Artest Turnover : Foul (4 TO)  00:26.1  
  00:04.8 Allen 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:04.4 Smith Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  00:01.8 Smith Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
Artest Rebound (Off:3 Def:3)  00:00.1  
End of 3rd Quarter
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Vujacic Jump Shot: Missed  11:42  
  11:41 Andersen Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  11:25 Smith 3pt Shot: Missed 
Farmar Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  11:24  
Farmar Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS)  11:15
[LAL 76-73]
 
  10:55 Anthony Jump Shot: Missed 
  10:54 Andersen Rebound (Off:3 Def:3) 
  10:49
[DEN 76-76]
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (19 PTS) Assist: Lawson (1 AST) 
Farmar Driving Layup Shot: Missed  10:25  
Gasol Rebound (Off:5 Def:7)  10:23  
Gasol Layup Shot: Made (21 PTS)  10:22
[LAL 78-76]
 
  09:58 Lawson Running Jump Shot: Missed Block: Gasol (3 BLK) 
Farmar Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  09:55  
Farmar Layup Shot: Missed  09:46  
  09:44 Andersen Rebound (Off:4 Def:4) 
  09:37 Smith 3pt Shot: Missed 
Powell Rebound (Off:3 Def:2)  09:36  
Vujacic 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Gasol (5 AST)  09:19
[LAL 81-76]
 
  09:11 Team Timeout : Regular 
  08:59
[DEN 78-81]
Smith Reverse Layup Shot: Made (21 PTS) Assist: Allen (1 AST) 
Artest 3pt Shot: Missed  08:30  
Gasol Rebound (Off:6 Def:7)  08:29  
Vujacic 3pt Shot: Missed  08:26  
Team Rebound  08:26  
  08:26 Allen Foul : Loose Ball (3 PF) 
  08:26 Anthony Substitution replaced by Carter 
Vujacic Substitution replaced by Brown  08:26  
Gasol Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (23 PTS)  08:20
[LAL 83-78]
 
  08:20 Andersen Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
Artest Substitution replaced by Vujacic  08:20  
  08:20 Lawson Substitution replaced by Billups 
Gasol Free Throw 1 of 1 (24 PTS)  08:20
[LAL 84-78]
 
  08:10
[DEN 80-84]
Smith Driving Layup Shot: Made (23 PTS) Assist: Carter (1 AST) 
Gasol Running Jump Shot: Missed  07:42  
Vujacic Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  07:41  
Vujacic 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Powell (1 AST)  07:22
[LAL 87-80]
 
  07:07
[DEN 82-87]
Carter Running Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Billups (5 AST) 
Vujacic 3pt Shot: Missed  06:48  
  06:47 Smith Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  06:41 Smith 3pt Shot: Missed 
Vujacic Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  06:39  
Gasol Jump Shot: Made (26 PTS) Assist: Farmar (1 AST)  06:24
[LAL 89-82]
 
  06:07
[DEN 85-89]
Billups 3pt Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Allen (2 AST) 
Gasol Jump Shot: Missed  05:44  
  05:43 Team Rebound 
  05:43 Timeout : Official 
Brown Substitution replaced by Fisher  05:43  
Powell Substitution replaced by Odom  05:43  
  05:43 Andersen Substitution replaced by Anthony 
  05:43 Allen Substitution replaced by Nene 
Odom Foul : Personal (3 PF)  05:33  
  05:17 Billups 3pt Shot: Missed 
Odom Rebound (Off:2 Def:10)  05:16  
Farmar Driving Reverse Layup Shot: Missed  04:58  
  04:56 Nene Rebound (Off:1 Def:6) 
  04:52 Anthony Layup Shot: Missed Block: Vujacic (1 BLK) 
  04:51 Anthony Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  04:50
[DEN 87-89]
Anthony Layup Shot: Made (24 PTS) 
Vujacic 3pt Shot: Missed  04:29  
  04:28 Billups Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  04:19 Nene Running Jump Shot: Missed 
Vujacic Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  04:18  
Farmar 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS)  04:04
[LAL 92-87]
 
  03:52 Billups Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Missed Block: Farmar (1 BLK) 
Fisher Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  03:51  
Gasol Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO)  03:32  
  03:13
[DEN 89-92]
Anthony Driving Layup Shot: Made (26 PTS) 
Fisher Jump Shot: Missed  02:49  
  02:47 Smith Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
  02:40
[DEN 92-92]
Anthony 3pt Shot: Made (29 PTS) Assist: Carter (2 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  02:37  
Farmar Substitution replaced by Artest  02:37  
Jump Ball Carter vs Vujacic (Fisher gains possession)  02:21  
  02:15 Billups Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Fisher Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS)  02:15
[LAL 93-92]
 
Fisher Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS)  02:15
[LAL 94-92]
 
  02:02
[DEN 94-94]
Smith Jump Shot: Made (25 PTS) Assist: Billups (6 AST) 
  01:46 Anthony Foul : Personal (4 PF) 
Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover  01:32  
Gasol Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  01:22  
  01:22
[DEN 95-94]
Nene Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS) 
  01:22 Nene Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Odom Rebound (Off:2 Def:11)  01:21  
Gasol Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:Nene (1 ST)  01:04  
Odom Foul : Shooting (4 PF)  00:44.2  
  00:44.2
[DEN 96-94]
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 2 (30 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Short  00:44.2  
  00:44.2
[DEN 97-94]
Anthony Free Throw 2 of 2 (31 PTS) 
  00:32.4 Smith Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
Fisher Free Throw 1 of 2 (9 PTS)  00:32.4
[LAL 95-97]
 
Vujacic Substitution replaced by Brown  00:32.4  
Fisher Free Throw 2 of 2 (10 PTS)  00:32.4
[LAL 96-97]
 
  00:32.4 Team Timeout : Regular 
  00:18.4 Smith Running Jump Shot: Missed Block: Brown (1 BLK) 
Brown Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  00:16.0  
Brown Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  00:14.0  
  00:14.0 Instant Replay - Support Ruling 
Brown Foul : Personal (4 PF)  00:12.7  
  00:12.7 Smith Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  00:12.7 Team Rebound 
Brown Substitution replaced by Vujacic  00:12.7  
  00:12.7
[DEN 98-96]
Smith Free Throw 2 of 2 (26 PTS) 
Fisher 3pt Shot: Missed Block: Anthony (3 BLK)  00:01.3  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 4th Quarter
broadcast information
country channel time
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-- TheScore Local 10:30 pm ET
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standings
w
l
l10
h
a
LAL
1st Pacific
57
25
4-6
34-7
23-18
DEN
1st Northwest
53
29
6-4
34-7
19-22
 
ppg
rpg
apg
bpg
spg
LAL
Bryant 33.7
Gasol 14.5
Bryant 8.3
Gasol 2.8
Bryant 2.1
DEN
2 players 30.7
2 players 8.5
2 players 6.3
2 players 1.2
2 players 2.0

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