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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Game 3 Thrills


The Playoffs so far have been far from boring. Honestly in my opinion these have been the best Playoffs I have seen in a very long time. In terms of having four teams go head to head and be so evenly matched, you couldn't ask for anything better. Coming into game 4, I'll be the first to admit that I was a bit nervous being that Denver had won about 16 straight home games dating back to the regular season and through the playoffs. On top of having a very wild and loud crowd, you can't help but be a little nervous. But I had KB24 on my side, so the nerves don't run too wild.

Out of the 3 games played already, game 4 was probably the most exciting one due to the fact that there were no big leads early on like in the first 2 games. The whole game was close. Denver being the home team kept most of the lead but held on to it by a thread as L.A. Stayed a few points back. Carmelo Anthony had a great first half, making you think he was going to have another 30 point plus Playoff game, but getting into foul trouble and eventually fouling out, hurt Denver's chances of taking game 3. Anthony had 21 points and shot 4-13 from the field, but he did go to the line 14 times and nailed 12 of them and also grabbed 5 rebounds. Chauncey Billups had another "Big Shot" game with 18 points 7 assists and 6 rebounds. Nene, after not showing up in game 2, had a good outing adding 13 points and 6 rebounds, while Chris "Birdman" Anderson had a breakout game with 15 points and grabbing 7 rebounds.

Kobe Bryant did not disappoint, well maybe he disappointed the Nuggets fans but he definitely came out with intentions of winning. Bryant went off for 41 points shooting 50% from the field with 12-24 shooting, making 15 of his 17 free throws, dishing 5 assists and grabbing 6 boards. Pau Gasol who was great in the 4th quarter, scored 8 points in the 4th quarter keeping the Lakers within striking distance while also grabbing 11 boards. Gasol now has 6 straight postseason games with a Double-Double. Lamar Odom had a solid game with 8 points and 7 rebounds and helped Trevor Ariza get another inbound pass late in the game that sealed the game once again for the Lakers. Ariza contributed with 16 points and 4 rebounds. Los Angeles outscored Denver 32-18 in the 4th Quarter as the Lakers Defeated the Denver Nuggets 103-97.

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