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2012 NBA Playoffs, Nuggets Vs. Lakers: Denver Struggles In 1st Quarter

The Denver Nuggets are going to have a long game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1 of this 2012 NBA Playoffs series if the first quarter is any indication. They are losing, 27-14, after the first 12 minutes of play.

Denver is shooting just 25 percent (5-of-20) from the field, but they have received a strong start from Danilo Gallinari. Gallo has nine points on 3-of-6 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 from the free throw line.

The Lakers' starters haven't been heavily involved yet, as Steve Blake leads the team with nine points off the bench, all coming on three-pointers. Andrew Bynum has yet to score, but he has already grabbed five rebounds and blocked three shots.

The Nuggets have a tough road over the next three quarters to bounce back from this.

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.