DENVER (Bleacher Report) — The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Denver Nuggets 92-88 in Game 4 of their first-round NBA playoff series on Sunday night in Denver.
The series shifts back to Los Angeles on Tuesday night for Game 5. Scroll down for updates and analysis from throughout Sunday’s game.
That was a crucial game for both teams and when the outcome hung in the balance the Lakers star players and role players both came up big.
Steve Blake had a big blocked shot and a huge three pointer as the Lakers now hold a commanding 3-1 lead in this series.
With the series heading back to Los Angeles for game five on Tuesday Night the Lakers will be heavy favorites to close this out.
That’s exactly what they’d like to do so they can get as much rest as possible before a potential showdown with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
For this game the Lakers and Nuggets both shot exactly 45.3 percent from the floor.
L.A. won the rebounding battle by a 48-38 margin.
The Lakers were led by Kobe Bryant’s 22points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Jordan Hill came up big off the bench with 12 points and 11 rebounds including 7 offensive rebounds.
Denver was led by Danilo Gallinari who scored 20 points. Andre Miller chipped in with 15 points and 7 rebounds off the bench.
Game 5 is Tuesday Night from the Staples Center in Los Angeles at 10:30 PM ET ( 7:30 PT)