The upstart Denver Nuggets have once again made it a series and they did it by outplaying the No. 3-seeded Los Angeles Lakers.
The fast-paced Nuggets took advantage of Kobe Bryant ‘s bout with a stomach virus and the non-existence of Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum in the post.
Ty Lawson led the charge by playing his best game of the season, he hit his first five shots and helped Denver jump out to a 13-0 lead. He then got his teammates involved, finding both Kenneth Faried and Timofey Mozgov for dunks.
Lawson scored a season-best 32 points, grabbed five rebounds and handed out six assists. He also had zero turnovers. Just proving how dangerous the Nuggets are when Lawson is on his ‘A’ game.
However, it was the defense of Faried and Mozgov in the post that kept the Lakers offense locked up. Faried held Gasol to only three points and made Gasol a perimeter player. Mozgov frustrated Bynum into his worst game of the series. The All-Star center shot only 4-of-11 from the field for 11 points.
With those two locked up in the post, all the pressure fell on Bryant. He did hit 13 of 23 shots for 31 points, but the rest of the Lakers starters shot only 12 of 39.
Gasol was a no-show over the past three games and has been greatly outplayed by Faried. Since Game 3, Gasol has shot only 6 of 31 and has averaged only 5 points and 5.3 rebounds.
Corey Brewer has been a nice surprise for Denver in this series and was at his best in Game 6. He single-handily held off a Lakers rally, scoring the Nuggets first six points of the fourth quarter and scoring 11 of his 18 points in the final quarter.
Now Denver must adjust to the always entertaining/frightening Metta World Peace, who is returning after serving a six-game suspension. World Peace as crazy as he is may cause problems for Denver’s perimeter players who have gotten used to the inconsistent play of
and Matt Barnes.
None the less, this Nuggets team has surpassed the odds and have proven they are not somebody that should be overlooked.