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Nuggets-Lakers: Denver Fights to the End, Ties West Finals at 1-1 with LA

Published by on May 22, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

The Denver Nuggets came to LA with a number of obstacles riding against them. They were down 1-0 in the series, two of their players, JR Smith and Kenyon Martin, were injured, and they had lost 11 straight playoff games against the Lakers.

Everything changed Thursday night.

The Nuggets, against all odds—with the media rooting against them, and the referees making lopsided calls—would not quit.

Game Two was nearly a polar opposite to Game One when it reached halftime. LA outscored Denver 31-23, the reverse of Game One, and LA was the one to lose a lead, up by 14 at one point in the second, and down to a 55-54 lead at the half.

Denver capitalized on a 14-2 run to finish out the half,...

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