Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 11/29

Game 1: Thursday, November 29th
Nuggets99Final
Lakers127
Game 2: Wednesday, December 5th
Lakers111Final
Nuggets107
Game 3: Monday, January 21st
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Lakers116

Lakers 111

(11-8, 5-4 away)

Nuggets 107

(11-8, 8-3 home)

    Coverage: ESPN/WatchESPN

    7:00 PM ET, December 5, 2007

    Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAL 29 33 26 23111
    DEN 24 34 30 19107

    Top Performers

    LAL: K. Bryant 25 Pts, 8 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Den: A. Iverson 51 Pts, 2 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl

    Kobe seals Lakers' win, trumps Iverson's season-best 51 points

    DENVER (AP) -- The Los Angeles Lakers' team effort trumped Allen Iverson's big night.

    Iverson scored a season-high 51 points but the Lakers had three players, led by Kobe Bryant's 25, score 20-plus points to give the Lakers a 111-107 win over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.

    No Answer For Kobe
    Kobe Bryant
    Bryant
    Allen Iverson
    Iverson
    Allen Iverson had 49 points through three quarters and was on his way to a huge night, but Kobe Bryant took over in the fourth and the Lakers got the win. Here's a comparison of their fourth quarters:
    Bryant
    Iverson
    Points122
    FG-FGA4-91-4
    FT-FTA4-50-1
    TO02

    Vladimir Radmanovic scored 21 points and Derek Fisher added 20 for the Lakers. Carmelo Anthony had 26 points and eight rebounds and Marcus Camby had 20 rebounds for the Nuggets.

    "We absorbed a lot of points from Iverson," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "He got our whole team in foul trouble."

    Iverson scored 49 points through the first three quarters but was held to a just a layup in the fourth. The Lakers clamped down on the 6-foot guard, forcing the ball out of his hands. The strategy worked. Iverson took only four shots in the last 12 minutes.

    "When somebody gets 49 points in the first three quarters obviously its going to draw attention to the other team," said Iverson, whose career high of 60 came against Orlando on Feb. 12, 2005. "When somebody's got 49 points they want to make sure I get the ball out of my hands, and that's what they did. My responsibly is to give it up and my teammates had to make plays."

    They couldn't. Anthony was 4-for-10 from the field in the fourth and the rest of the team made 3 of 9.

    While Iverson got cold, Bryant heated up. Bryant picked up his fourth foul 38 seconds into the third quarter and sat the rest of the period, but he played the entire fourth, scoring 12 points. With the game tied at 102, he scored six straight points for the Lakers to give them a 108-104 lead with 35.3 seconds left.

    Kenyon Martin hit one of two free throws with 23.2 seconds left, but Fisher hit two foul shots to make it 110-105 with 15.8 seconds left. Anthony missed a 3-pointer and Fisher hit a free throw to seal the win.

    Bryant also helped stop Iverson in the fourth quarter.

    "I'm not one of these players that believes if a guy gets hot there's nothing you can do about it," he said. "I just don't believe that."

    For three quarters, the Lakers couldn't stop Iverson. He was 17-for-23 from the field and scored 16 of Denver's 30 points in the third period to help the Nuggets tie the game at 88.

    "I just got in a rhythm. I kept attacking," Iverson said. "Everything that I saw open, I attacked, and I was able to knock down shots. When I got the ball, it seemed like every move that I made, it would throw the defender off."

    But Iverson, who played the entire game, had trouble finding any room to shoot in the fourth.

    "It was fun seeing him play that well, but shooting the ball and being hit and fouled so often, it wears on you," Nuggets coach George Karl said. "I think he got fatigued a little bit."

    Before he tired, Iverson was electric. He single-handedly kept the Nuggets in the game and overcame the Lakers' 3-point shooting in the first 36 minutes. Los Angeles hit nine 3s entering the fourth, five from Radmanovic.

    Iverson scored nine straight points late in the third to give Denver a 79-76 lead and push his point total to 49. The Lakers rallied to take an 80-79 lead, but Iverson drove the lane, and when two Lakers collapsed on him, he kicked the ball to Eduardo Najera, who hit a 3-pointer.

    Game notes


    Iverson's 33 first-half points tied his career high in a first half, which he set at Milwaukee on Dec. 18, 2004. His career-high for a half was 36 at Orlando on Nov. 10, 1999. ... Iverson's 51 points are the most by a Nuggets player since Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf had 51 at Utah on Dec. 7, 1995. ... The Nuggets' franchise record for points in a game is held by David Thompson, who had 73 against Detroit on April 9, 1978. ... Bryant left the game with a hurt left shoulder after he took a hard foul with 2.5 seconds left in the first period. "We went to the locker room, took a look at it and realized it wasn't something that was going to be too serious," Bryant said.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    LAL
    DEN
    Points 111 107
    FGM-FGA 40-84 (.476) 36-80 (.450)
    3PM-3PA 10-26 (.385) 3-14 (.214)
    FTM-FTA 21-32 (.656) 32-43 (.744)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-21 10-22
    Assists 28 21
    Turnovers 17 15
    Steals 12 8
    Blocks 8 4
    Fast Break Points 18 23
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 32 (1/0) 24 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 11 4

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Denver
    Kobe Bryant Bryant
    Points: 25
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Allen Iverson Iverson
    Points: 51
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0