Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets Live
Showing a strong performance at home, the Los Angeles Lakers took back the series lead with a 103-94 win in game five. On Saturday at 2 a.m. GMT the Denver Nuggets will try to avoid elimination when they host the Lakers in game six of the Western Conference finals.
Throughout the first three quarters game five was as close as it could be, both teams being tied at the end of each quarter. However, during the last twelve minutes the Lakers took control of the game and cruised to a 9-point win at Staples Center. Although there were a few questionable calls in the fourth quarter going L.A.’s way, the Nuggets were not able to score consistently on the offensive end of the floor. Once again it was Kobe Bryant who helped his team to secure an important victory with a number of impressive plays late in the game. More specifically, Denver decided to double-team Bryant for most of the game which resulted in various open shots for the rest of the Lakers team. Kobe finished the game with 22 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds. Lamar Odom had a big night adding 19 points and 14 rebounds while Pau Gasol scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. For the Nuggets Carmello Anthony led the scoring with 31 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
With game six taking place only 48 hours after the last encounter between the Nuggets and Lakers, George Karl’s team is facing a lot of pressure on Saturday. The Nuggets have shown that they can compete with the Lakers but will have to execute more consistently down the stretch to tie the series. Likewise, the outcome of game six will most likely depend on how efficiently they can contain Kobe Bryant. Even though they might decide to double Bryant on some possessions, it will probably not be a viable option throughout the game since the Lakers have very capable shooters on their roster.
You can watch game six of the NBA Western Conference finals right here on www.watchlivenba.com, the home of live NBA streaming. Leading the series 3-2, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers are hoping to advance to the NBA Finals with a win in Denver on Saturday night.
Posted: 24th May 2009
After losing game one at Staples Center, the Denver Nuggets were able to bounce back on Friday winning game two in L.A. 106-103 and thus tying the series 1-1. Only 48 hours later, the Nuggets will host the Lakers at home for game three on Sunday at 1:30 a.m. GMT.
There was a heated debate about the Nuggets’ mental strength to recover from a tough 1-point loss in game one. However, George Karl’s team proved all their critics wrong and showed another great performance in game two that resulted in a clutch 106-103 road win. Although Denver was down 23-31 after the first quarter, they managed to improve their defensive efforts as the game went on and slowly cut down the deficit. Kleiza’s 3-point shot at the beginning of the fourth quarter gave the Nuggets an 85-82 lead, the first time they were not trailing since the beginning of the game. Unlike in the series opener, Denver showed mental toughness and was able to execute down the stretch and convert crucial free-throws in the last minutes of the game. With a few seconds remaining in regulation Derek Fisher missed a three pointer that could have sent the game to overtime.
Carmello Anthony had his fifth straight 30+ point post-season game and finished the game with 34 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Veteran point guard Chauncey Billups added another 27 points as well as 4 assists. Instead of J.R. Smith’s scoring from the bench it was time for other backup players to give the Nuggets a lift. Lithuanian power-forward Linas Kleiza was able to put up 16 points, including 5 threes, and pulled down 8 boards in limited minutes of action. For the Lakers, Kobe Bryant led the scoring sheet with 32 points and 5 rebounds while All-Star Pau Gasol finished the game with an impressive double-double of 17 points and 17 rebounds.
Given the fact that the next two games will be in Denver there is no doubt that the Nuggets currently have a slight advantage in this series. Especially their young players appear to be much more comfortable playing on their home-court than in a hostile environment on the road. Likewise, it will be interesting to see whether the Lakers will have problems adjusting to the altitude in Denver, an issue numerous teams have been complaining about in the past. Nonetheless, the Los Angeles Lakers are more than capable of taking a game from the Nuggets, but they will have to elevate their game and play better defense.
You can watch game three of the NBA Western Conference finals right here on www.watchlivenba.com, the home of live NBA streaming. With the series being tied 1-1, the Los Angeles Lakers will travel to Denver for game three of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday.
Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets, Lamar Odom, Western Conference, live NBA streaming, NBA streaming
Posted: 22nd January 2011
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