I don’t think any expert picked the Lakers to win Game 6 in Denver, let alone to win by a huge margin.
Kobe Bryant and Trevor Ariza keyed a strong second quarter to help L.A. bolt to a 13-point halftime lead.
The Lakers led by 20 early in the fourth quarter and coasted to a 119-92 victory to advance to the finals.
Here are the highlights:
After getting his teammates off to a good start, Kobe began to look for his own shot. He finished with 35 points on 12-20 shooting and added 10 assists.
Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom added 20 apiece for the Lakers, and Ariza scored 17 in limited minutes.
Aside from J.R. Smith, Denver played awful basketball Friday night.
Chauncey Billups scored 10 points on 2-7 shooting and committed five turnovers. Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points, but shot poorly and recorded only two rebounds and two assists.
The Lakers did a much better job on Anthony as the series progressed. Carmelo’s jumper also seemed to dissappear in the final three games.
The biggest difference in the game was the Nuggets defensive intensity, or lack thereof. The Lakers dominated the paint and had a ton of open looks from the perimeter throughout.
George Karl did a great job this season and should have a great chance to get to the finals next season.
We’ll have much more on the Lakers and Nuggets tomorrow (today actually) here on TTT.