Los Angeles is still looking for someone to add scoring and help Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol consistently. Denver wants to run the older Lakers up and down the court for easy baskets on fast breaks. The Nuggets need their bench to out play the Lakers bench to win this series.
The Nuggets come out on fire in the first quarter rebounding the ball and playing strong defense. Carmelo Anthony who was sick before the game had a rough night shooting the ball but got a lot of help from his team mates.
The Lakers had a lead only once the whole ball game at 1-0 and never had the lead again. The Nuggets build a three point lead in the first quarter at 22-19. Leading the Nuggets to the fast start was Nene with 14 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists and Kenyon Martin with 13 points and 15 rebounds in the game. The Lakers' Andrew Bynum scored 14 points.
In the second quarter, it was more of the same with the Nuggets out rebounding the Lakers and driving the ball to the basket to get lay ups or fouls. The Lakers look slow at times and do not fight for rebounds. Denver pushes the lead to seven points in the second quarter and lead at the half 52-45. The Lakers keep close with Jordan Farmar off the bench with 10 points in the game. The Nuggets get big games from Dahntay Jones with 12 points and Linas Kleiza with 10 points off the bench.
The Nuggets come out in the third quarter trying to finish off the Lakers and stretch out the lead. The Lakers cannot match the Nuggets physicality and get dominated on the boards the entire game. Los Angeles complains about how physical the game is but will not match it. Denver pulls out to an 11-point lead with a 66-77 score after three quarters. Keeping the Lakers close is Pau Gasol with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Denver’s star Carmelo Anthony scores 15 points even with the illness.
The fourth quarter is a runaway win for the Nuggets as they pull away in the game. The Nuggets get big points from Chauncey Billups who scores 24 points the game. The Lakers star Kobe Bryant tries to keep the game close with his 34 points in the game. The only problem is J.R. Smith keeps hitting big three after big three to finish with 24 points in the game as well. The Nuggets blow out the Lakers for a 120-101 win to even the series.
With the series tied at 2-2, the Lakers and their fans have to hope only the good Lakers show up for the rest of this series. The Nuggets know that they Lakers have the home court advantage and have to go to LA and steal it back. If Denver can do that the Lakers will fold in game six at the Nuggets home floor. If the Lakers win game five look for them to lose game six knowing they have game seven at home. The Nuggets have to make the Lakers pay for that mind set and they can start with game five in LA on Wednesday.