Lakers-Nuggets: Los Angeles Dismantles Denver on a Saturday Afternoon

Sean StancillSenior Writer IApril 26, 2008

The Los Angeles Lakers strolled into Denver up 2-0 in the best of 7 series and were looking for win #3 against Denver. Well, they got it. 

Kobe Bryant had a game high 22 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds and Pau Gasol had 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 blocks to push L.A. past the Nuggets 102-84. 

Allen Iverson had 15 points and 3 assists, and Carmelo Anthony had 16 points and 10 rebounds, as the pair shot a combined 10-38 FG. Atrocious.

In the first quarter, neither team was on track as each club shot under 45% in the opening minutes and the period concluded with the Lakers leading 23-20.

In the 2nd quarter, both teams played evenly until Los Angeles went on a 11-2 run as they took a 7 point lead into the half, 53-46.

The 3rd quarter was the game changing quarter as they outscored the Nuggets 30-18, including a 14-5 run that pushed the game put of reach. Kobe Bryant contributed 11 points to the cause. 

The 4th was pure garbage time. More embarrasments followed Denver as they gave up all efforts to making the game respectable and quit on coach George Karl and all of the fans at the Pepsi Center.

Speaking as a Nugget fan, I was utterly disgusted by this performance.

Yes the Nuggets were able to stop Kobe and Gasol but they also stopped themselves and were unable to get into rhythm. This was their ideal game. They were playing at home, they got several stops, but for them making a basket was as easy as going a game without a technical foul.

Oh yeah, Carmelo Anthony picked up another tech.  

Game 4, possibly the last game of the series, is Monday at 7:30 PM Pacific Standard Time.