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Lakers-Nuggets: Kobe Bryant and Co. Crush Denver, Advance to the NBA Finals

Published by on May 30, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

The Lakers saved their best game of the series for last in administering a season-ending beatdown to the Nuggets, 119-92, and making their return to the NBA Finals on Friday night. Los Angeles showed it was focused and ready to play from the start of the game.

Trevor Ariza set the tone early by knocking down three shots from behind the arc; he finished the game with 17 points.

Los Angeles was active, aggressive, attacking the basket, and had everything working. Kobe Bryant wore the hat of the facilitator early, getting all of his teammates involved, and then showed why he is the best closer in the game.

Nine Lakers had taken a shot in the first half prior to his taking over the game. Los Angeles used a focu...

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