It’s pretty much consensus that the Nuggets outplayed the Lakers for the better part of the game, but the Lakers managed to come away with the win due to better basketball down the stretch.
Here are five things we learned from game one…
- Carmelo Anthony is very good. Laker fans hadn’t seen it during the regular season (Melo averaged 14 ppg against the Lakers), but boy did they see it last night. In fact, they were probably sick of seeing it. Not only did Melo put on a show on offense, proving that nobody on the Lakers is even close to being able to guard him, but he locked down on Kobe Bryant on DEFENSE in the second half. We all knew Carmelo was a good scorer, but if he can put up 39 on 20 shots while playing some of the best defense Kobe has seen this season, the Lakers could be in trouble.
- Derek Fisher actually is capable of making shots. Look, I’ve been calling for Derek Fisher’s head for the past month or so, and with good reason. He’s been awful. Just flat out awful. But it seems as if the cagy veteran just needed the pressure to be turned up a little bit before he could perform. Fish hit big shots, including a momentum-changing corner three in the final minutes of the fourth quarter to help complete the Lakers comeback. We’ll have to see this again, however, before we can announce Fisher’s comeback complete.