Lakers take 3-2 series lead with solid win over Nuggets

Odom played big in Game 5 to allow the Lakers to control the paint.

Odom played big in Game 5 to allow the Lakers to control the paint.

Lamar Odom doesn’t always cultivate his immense talent, but when he decides to play the Lakers are the best team in the NBA.

Odom scored 19 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, and blocked four shots to lead the L.A. to a 103-94 win over Denver in Game 5.

Kobe got his teammates involed, finishing with 22 points and eight assists.

I’m not a big believer in momentum changes in NBA games, but Shannon Brown seemed to ignite the Lakers late in the third quarter.

Brown didn’t play in the first half, but entered the game and immediately scored two quick buckets, including a spectacular dunk over Birdman in transition.

The game was tied after each of the first three quarters, but Odom and Pau Gasol broke it open in the final two minutes.

Carmelo led Denver with 31 points, but the Nuggets role players didn’t have an impact on the game.

Chauncey Billups wasn’t much of a factor, finishing with 12 points and five assists.

J.R. Smith kept shooting and kept missing, finishing 3-13 from the field, including an awful 1-10 on 3-pointers.

The game was very physical yet clean, making it enjoyable to watch.

The Lakers seemed to get more of the calls in Game 5, which means it will probably be the opposite in Game 6.

The longer the series, the more money the NBA makes – you gotta love it.

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