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2012 NBA Playoffs, Lakers Vs. Nuggets: Denver Eliminated Following Game 7 Loss

The Denver Nuggets are out of the playoffs following the first round for the eighth time in nine years.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Nuggets Vs. Lakers Final Score: L.A. Picks Up Game 7 Victory, Eliminates Denver

The Denver Nuggets played the Los Angeles Lakers close on Saturday evening, but they emerged on the wrong end of a 96-87 loss in Game 7 of the 2012 NBA Western Conference Playoffs. The Nuggets have failed to advance out of the first round of the playoffs in eight of the last nine seasons.

The Nuggets failed to break the 20-point barrier in the second and fourth quarters, putting up 18 and 19 points, respectively. Unlike previous games in this series, the Nuggets won the third quarter, 26-21. Ty Lawson and Al Harrington each scored 24 points, tied for the team lead, but Arron Afflalo was the only other scorer to reach double-digit points with 15. The team shot 39.3 percent from the field.

The Lakers received big games all around. Pau Gasol led the way with 23 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks. Metta World Peace returned from his seven-game suspension to score 15 points, grab five rebounds, steal the ball four times and make two blocks. Andrew Bynum joined in with 16 points, 18 rebounds and six blocks. Kobe Bryant had a quiet game, of sorts, with 17 points and eight assists. Steve Blake was strong off the bench with 19 points, hitting 5-of-6 threes.

The Lakers will play the Oklahoma City Thunder in the next round of the playoffs.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Lakers Vs. Nuggets Game 7: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Denver Nuggets are one game away from advancing to Western Conference semifinals -- or they are just one game away from being out of the 2012 NBA Playoffs all together. On Saturday night at the Staples Center, the Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers tip-off for the right to face the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Nuggets have won the last two games, one away and one home. In the former, the Nuggets held off a Kobe Bryant 43-point assault. In the latter, the Nuggets came out blazing with a 13-0 run to start the game and contained a sick Kobe Bryant.

The Lakers, though, will receive reinforcement for this game with the return of Metta World Peace. His seven-game suspension for elbowing has ended, giving much soothing comfort to Kobe Bryant. Will Andrew Bynum finally have that close-out game he talked about earlier in the series?

Watch out for Kenneth Faried, who played at full intensity in Game 6. George Karl will certainly turn to him for that kind of play once again.

Game time/date: 8:30 p.m. MT, Saturday, May 12, 2012

Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA

TV: TNT

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Lakers Vs. Nuggets, 2012 NBA Playoffs Game 6 Final Score: Denver Ties Series, 3-3, With 113-96 Victory

The Denver Nuggets moved one game closer to escaping the opening round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs following Thursday night's 113-96 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, tying the series at three games apiece. From the opening tip-off to the final buzzer, there were few moments of doubt that the nuggets would lose the game. From the 13-0 opening run to Corey Brewer's strong play off the bench, this had a Nuggets victory written all over it.

Ty Lawson led the team with 32 points, six assists and five rebounds. He was 13-of-18 from the field, including a solid 5-of-6 from beyond the arc. The team was 10-of-20 overall from three-point land, a step above the last few games for the team.

Rookie forward Kenneth Faried played with everlasting intensity, scoring 15 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. He recovered from Kobe Bryant blow to the back of the head, not skipping a bet. Arron Afflalo and Danilo Gallinari combined for 18 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds.

Corey Brewer came up with 18 points off the bench, making numerous mid-range jumpers for an 8-of-12 performance from the floor. Andre Miller added 12 points.

Kobe Bryant battled the stomach flu, coming up with 31 points, but that wasn't enough to lead the Lakers to victory. He made 13-of-23 shots, but the team shot 41.7 percent overall from the field, 10 percentage points below the Nuggets' performance. Andrew Bynum scored 11 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked four shots.

The decisive Game 7 will take place on Saturday at the Staples Center.

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Lakers Vs. Nuggets: Kenneth Faried Hit Hard On Head By Kobe Bryant

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant isn't feeling well -- dealing with the stomach will make that happen. However, he also isn't playing good defense. Denver Nuggets rookie forward Kenneth Faried made a drive to the basket with Bryant and Matt Barnes around him. As Faried leaps into the air, Barnes is in front and to the right of his opponent. Bryant, on the other hand, is behind Faried. Let's take a look at what happens after that:


OK, I see Bryant sort of try to swat the ball away from Faried, but that a whole lot of elbow and arm that slams into the back of Faried's head. Faried falls to the floor and all the way into the sidelines. And he doesn't look good at all. He clearly was dazed and confused after that (check out the GIF of that).

Faried got back up, stayed in the game and played with the same intensity he has had all game.

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Kobe Bryant Status Update: Lakers Guard Expected To Play Despite Missing Shootaround

Sure, Kobe Bryant missed shootaround for the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday morning, but a little thing like gastroenteritis isn't going to stop him from playing in Game 6 against the Denver Nuggets, reports Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

Bryant has averaged 31.2 points over the first five games, including 43 points in a losing effort against the Nuggets on Tuesday. His two lowest-scoring games -- 22 points each time -- came at the Pepsi Center, though his team won Game 4 there.

Will the Nuggets be able to take advantage of a less than 100 percent Kobe, or will we see a dominant Kobe?

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Lakers Vs. Nuggets Game 5: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Denver Nuggets return to the Staples Center on Tuesday night with their backs against the wall. Denver enters Game 5 of its opening round series in the 2012 NBA Playoffs down 3-1 to the Los Angeles Lakers. One more defeat and the Nuggets' season is over.

Related: Woman Who Ran Onto Court Wasn't Stalking Kenyon Martin

Denver earned a win in Game 3 at the Pepsi Center by blitzing the Lakers with a 30-14 run in the first quarter. George Karl's team will likely need another hot start to stave off elimination in L.A.

The Nuggets know they can play with the Lakers. This series is very nearly 2-2. The Lakers needed a 47-37 second half run in Game 4 to prevent the series from leaving Denver tied.

Game Date & Time: Tuesday, May 8, 8:30 p.m. MT

Location: Staples Center

TV: Altitude, TNT

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2012 NBA Playoffs: Woman Who Ran Onto Court At Pepsi Center Reportedly Stalked Kenyon Martin

The Denver Nuggets are close to tying their opening round 2012 NBA Playoffs series with the Los Angeles Lakers at two games apiece, but this game will likely be remembered more for the on-court antics of a fan. But the woman who ran onto the court and looked bewildered isn't just any ordinary woman, according to Yahoo! Sports' Marc. J. Spears

I guess she hasn't heard the news yet that Kenyon Martin left the Nuggets already and is playing for the Los Angeles Clippers, not the Lakers.

My question is, did she travel to China and try to catch up with Martin over there before he left his team in December?

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Nuggets Vs. Lakers Game 3: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

After losing consecutive games on the road, the Denver Nuggets are hoping that playing a return home will right the ship against the Los Angeles Lakers. The two teams continue their seven-game series on Friday night at the Pepsi Center with Game 3.

Denver played much better in Game 2 than Game 1, but the result was ultimately still the same and now the Nuggets are looking at an essential game on Friday. Trailing 3-0 would put them in an essentially impossible position, but a win could allow them to get back into the series.

Stopping Kobe Bryant (34.5 PPG on 49 percent in first 2 games) and Andrew Bynum (18.5 PPG, 11 RPG) will be key, but improving on offense is also a must. Mike Brown's defense has done an impressive job of limiting Denver's diverse offensive attack so far, limiting it to just 94.0 PPG in the series so far after averaging 104.1 PPG in the regular season.

Game Date & Time: Friday, May 4, 8:30 p.m. MT

TV Coverage: Altitude, ESPN

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Denver. For more on these teams, visit Nuggets blog Denver Stiffs and Lakers blog Silver Screen and Roll. Head over to SB Nation NBA for more news and notes on the 2012 NBA Playoffs.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Nuggets Vs. Lakers Final Score: Denver Falls In 0-2 Series Hole After Tuesday Loss

The Denver Nuggets will be in an 0-2 hole on Friday night when their playoff series with the Los Angeles Lakers moves to the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets lost to the Lakers, 104-100, on Tuesday night.

The Nuggets battled back in the fourth quarter, led by Ty Lawson, but it proved to be too little too late. Lawson finished the game with 25 points (11-of-17 shooting) and seven assists. Kenneth Faried scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Outside of those two, the Nuggets didn't have a good night shooting from its starters. Danilo Gallinari finished the game with 13 points, but he was 5-of-18 from the field. Arron Afflalo missed all five three-point shots he attempted, but the entire team was just 4-of-19 from beyond the arc.

Corey Brewer and Al Harrington combined for 24 points from off the bench.

The Lakers, naturally, were led by Kobe Bryant and his 38 points. Andrew Bynum came up with 27 points and nine rebounds after his triple-double in Game 1. Pau Gasol put in 13 points and 10 rebounds.

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Lakers Vs. Nuggets, 2012 NBA Playoffs Game 2: F Jordan Hill Charged With Felony Assault

According to CBS Sports, the Los Angeles Lakers may be without bench player F Jordan Hill in their upcoming playoff game against the Denver Nuggets. Hill's status is unknown after his girlfriend filed assault charges on three year veteran. He and his girlfriend allegedly got into a domestic dispute while in Houston: Hill reportedly attacked the woman against a wall after she threw his cell phones on the ground, and then he proceeded to choke her as she attempted to leave. If convicted, Hill could spend a possible 10 years in prison, TMZ reports.

A veteran of three seasons, Hill played in 39 games in the 2011-12 NBA Season, splitting the year between the Houston Rockets and the Lakers. He average 14.1 minutes per game and a strong 12.7 points and 12.2 rebounds per 36 minutes.

For more on these teams, visit Nuggets blog Denver Stiffs and Lakers blog Silver Screen and Roll. Head over to SB Nation NBA for more news and notes on the 2012 NBA Playoffs.

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