Nuggets dominated Lakers to force Game 7
Ty Lawson scored 32 points, and Corey Brewer added 18 points as the Denver Nuggets forced a Game 7 in their first-round playoff series with a dominating 113-96 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.
The Nuggets are one win from knocking the Lakers out of the playoffs.
Kobe Bryant scored a team-high 31 points despite battling stomach ailments that prevented him from attending the Lakers' morning shootaround.
Lawson's 32 points were a career-playoff high, besting his old mark of 27 points set last year.
"This is the biggest game he's ever played in and Saturday will be even bigger," Nuggets coach George Karl said.
Andrew Bynum pulled down 16 rebounds but made just 4-of-11 shots for 11 points, for the Lakers and Pau Gasol was just 1-of-10 from the field, finishing with three points and three rebounds.
"Kobe being dehyrdrated and all that and sick as a dog, coming out and trying to will us to a win, it's disappointing to watch him give that type of effort ... and we don't get it from everybody," Lakers coach Mike Brown said. "Our second- and third-best players are Drew and Pau and the reality is both of those guys got to play better in order for us to win."
Denver got another great game from rookie Kenneth Faried, who provided even more energy with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Danilo Gallinari and Andre Miller both had 12 points for the Nuggets, which led 90-68 heading into the fourth quarter.
Brewer iced this one by scoring 11 straight points to start the fourth quarter, that gave Denver their biggest lead at 101-73 and forced the Lakers to throw in the towel and try to rest up Bryant, Bynum and Gasol for Game 7.
Game 7 is on Saturday night in Los Angeles.
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