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.
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