With the series tied 3-3, the Los Angeles Lakers lead the Denver Nuggets by only one point heading into the fourth quarter. After a furious comeback late in the third quarter, the Nuggets managed to narrow their deficit to 69-68.
Midway through the third period, the Lakers had opened a 62-46 lead, but the 16-point deficit began to edge away as PG Ty Lawson (24 pts, 4 ast) caught fire and personally led an 8-2 Nuggets run to bring Denver within 7 points.
SG Kobe Bryant, meanwhile, has gone cold, missing on free throws and showing what may well be signs of fatigue following his earlier illness. Bryant has scored only 14 after scoring 31 and 43 point in the previous two matchups.