The Los Angeles Lakers take a 2-0 series lead over the Denver Nuggets, with a 104-100 victory, thanks to huge games by Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum.
The Mamba poured in 38 points, scoring 30-plus points for the 83rd time in the playoffs, second only to Michael Jordan. Bryant got in a good offensive rhythm early, and was pretty much unstoppable for the rest of the night.
AB also had a big game as well, dropping 27 points, and 9 rebounds on the Nuggets. Bynum obviously had the Shaquille O’Neal “he’s to little, to weak to guard me” syndrome last night, going to work against Kosta Koufos and JaVale McGee with ease.
Paul Gasol had a solid double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Ramon Sessions scored 14 points (10 of those coming in the 4th quarter). Jordan Hill had a solid night of contributing of the bench as well, pulling down 10 boards, to go along with 6 points. When the Lakers get any type of assistance from their role players, outside their “Big Three”, they are a tough knockout for any team.
The Nuggets will prove to be a much peskier team in the confines of the Pepsi Center, so the Lakers must not become complacent heading into Game 3 on Friday. With two days off, the Lakers should get enough rest to come out with a mindset of taking control of Game 3 early. Denver will be a tough out at home, but there’s no way I’m subscribing to Charles Barkley’s “upset special.”
Worse case scenario, I predict the Lakers will take at least one out of the next two games in Denver, simply because they are too big. If they attack fast and strong, the Lakeshow will take care of business away from home.
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Written by Arthur Kai