Lakers’ escape isn’t too sweet

sweetL.A. Times: Normalcy returned to Lakerdom, with the purple and gold back on top again.

As if.

Suggesting a long, hard series awaits, as opposed to proving they were superior to the Nuggets in any way, the Lakers pulled this one back in after trailing by 10 points in the first quarter, and five in the last 4 minutes 17 seconds before Kobe Bryant rescued them in a 105-103 escape Tuesday in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

Bryant scored 40 points, 18 in the fourth quarter, as well as guarding Chauncey Billups in the beginning, J.R. Smith in the middle of the game and Carmelo Anthony at the end.

“Once I sensed we didn’t have the energy, I took it on myself to lead by example,” Bryant said.

“There are certain points of the game when Chauncey is in attack mode and I know when those are. Same with J.R. Then I went and wrestled with the bear.”

The bear was Anthony, whom Kobe couldn’t guard, nor could any other Laker. Once a pigeon when the Nuggets played the Lakers, Anthony had 39 points, so the Lakers will have to think of something else.

And while they’re at it, maybe they can locate their size advantage.

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  • WifelovesLuke

    Lakers are just coming off of a 7 games series with the Rockets. A little tired? Sure, but they fought. Thuggets played lights out while we struggled and they still lost. Sucks for the Thuggets. Game 1 was their only opportunity to make this a series. Lakers are now prepared for what Denver is capable of and will make some adjustments for game two. We all know that Denver has nobody who can guard Kobe so he’ going to get his. The biggest adjustment is going to be to find a way to throw the ball down into Pau and Bynum to get them going. Is Melo going to score 39 on Ariza again? Nope! Lakers win game 2 this is a 5 game series. Lakers lose game 2 and this thing goes 7.

  • killer60

    there is no game 7 – lakers in 5 (at the longest)

  • LakersFirst

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    I see what you did you called the nuggets thuggets. By changing the n to a th you are inferring that the nuggets are thugs… Brilliant>>>

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

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    I still think the Lakers are going to lose. Damn, I was rooting for Boston all along.

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