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Nuggets Put an End to the Los Angeles Win Streak



The Nuggets, since trading Carmelo Anthony, are looking like a different team and going into this game, the Lakers knew this one was going to be tough. It stayed neck and neck throughout most of the contest, both teams were very accurate and the game remained ‘up for grabs’ going into the half. Kobe got 19 points in the first and was followed closely by Danilo Gallinari with 18.

One of the turning points in the game came when Pau Gasol went down injured. He spent some time off the court but was sorely missed but the situation was helped once again by Lamar Odom, who seems to be able to sink three pointers with ease. Bynum was two points off a double double with 16 rebounds but neither were enough to stop Denver who hung with the Lakers for long enough to run away with it.

The Lakers found themselves down by five with 20 seconds left on the clock when Odom struck with a timely three, but it wasn’t enough as the Nuggets never relinquished their lead and were able to grind out the win.

Usually, I find myself writing about how teams just didn’t have that extra something to beat the Lakers, but in this one, Denver had it. They remained consistent. They were careful not to turn the ball over and give the Lakers valuable momentum and they were able to deal with Kobe slamming baskets down with every opportunity. This hard fought game sees the Los Angeles win streak come to an end, but they are still snapping at the heels of the San Antonio Spurs.

All the best from the UK!

Final Score: (DEN) 95 – (LAL) 90


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By: Tom Greenhalgh
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