Monthly Archive for May, 2009

Lakers – Magic: By the Numbers

Dwight Howard - Kobe BryantL.A. beat the Utah Jazz in five games, the Houston Rockets in seven and the Denver Nuggets in six, but there weren’t many smiles among the Lakers after winning the Western Conference Trophy.

Their collective mind was too busy thinking about the basketball kind of Magic to smile.

“We are extremely focused and we are ready,” said Luke Walton after Sunday’s practice*. “We have some time to rest our bodies, but we are excited to get started.”
*Click here for post-practice video of Phil Jackson, Pau Gasol and Shannon Brown

That the Lakers are back in the NBA Finals for the second consecutive year and 30th time in franchise history isn’t so much of a surprise to the team that came into the season favored by pundits and, well, themselves, to emerge out of the West. The same, however, can’t be said about their opponent, considered at best the third option to Boston and Cleveland even after Kevin Garnett’s injury. Yet after defeating the Philadelphia 76ers in six games, it took Orlando seven to defeat the defending champion Celtics and six to bury Cleveland, winning twice on the road in both Philly and Boston before earning the Eastern Conference trophy at home.

Like the dove out of the magician’s hat, the secret on the Magic is officially out: They’re good.

L.A. got a hint of that in the regular season as Orlando joined Charlotte as the only NBA teams not to lose to the Lakers in the regular season, winning close games that came down to key three pointers from the now-injured Jameer Nelson. But the Lakers aren’t thinking too much about the regular season not just because Orlando’s playing better ball, but because despite 65 wins L.A. clearly didn’t bring its A-game on a nightly basis … And who in the NBA could? More pointedly, the Lakers may not have seen Orlando as they did Boston, Cleveland or San Antonio in the regular season, but they do now.

The matchup is surely intriguing for the Lakers, particularly because of the unique style of the Magic, which features a true outside-in system boasting very good three-point shooters surrounding the exceedingly physical Dwight Howard. Their system proved too much for Cleveland, but there’s one major difference between the Cavs and Lakers: L.A. has three big men – Andrey Bynum, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom – that can individually attack Howard on defense, and two seven footers – if not three (Bynum, Gasol, D.J. Mbenga) – that will play him straight up on defense. Furthermore, while Rashard Lewis makes it tough on most opposing fours with his perimeter nature, L.A. feels that Pau Gasol can use his length to stay with Lewis on defense and his size to attack him on the block at the other.

“Pau can move his feet really well for how tall he is,” said Walton. “He has to be up to the challenge of Lewis and knowing Pau, he will be, so we may have an advantage there.”

Monday afternoon on, we’ll take you through a detailed and complete breakdown of each position-by-position matchup such as Gasol-Lewis, we’ll pick the brain of Lakers advance scout Rasheed Hazzard upon his return trip from scouting Orlando and we’ll review L.A.’s journey through the Western playoffs.

Until then, here are a few numbers upon which to chew:

Combined field goals made by Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol in the first three rounds on only 441 attempts. Howard led all playoff performers with a 62.2 shooting percentage, while Gasol was third with 57.4 percent from the field.

The number of wins L.A. would have at season’s end were they to accomplish their ultimate championship goal, the same number as Kobe Bryant’s career high point total.

Shooting percentage for Trevor Ariza in the playoffs after a 46-percent effort in the regular season. His playoff touch had him 4th in the entire NBA in FG%, while his 30-of-60 from three-point territory was good for 6th in the NBA.

Three-point percentage in the playoffs for Lamar Odom, good for 5th in the NBA and the highest of any remaining player. Bit of a shocker for a guy that shot 32 percent in the regular season, right? The team that’s thought of as the better three-point shooting team, Orlando, actually failed to have even one player over 40 percent, as Mickael Pietrus shot 39.3 percent to lead Orlando, while Rashard Lewis was right behind with 39.1 percent. They made 69 combined triples, while Odom made only 14 on 27 attempts, but Ariza (50 percent) and Shannon Brown (48 percent) were also shooting with more precision than Orlando.

The high-scoring game for any Lakers player came from Bryant in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against Denver. Bryant also scored 40 in Game 1 against Denver and Game 2 of the second round against Houston. Pau Gasol was the only other Laker to hit the 30-point mark, which occurred in Game 4 at Houston.

Points scored by Howard in Sunday’s Game 6 win over Cleveland, the single-game high for any Magic player. Howard hit the 30-point mark in three other games in the first three rounds, while no other Magic player got there.

Scoring average for Bryant in the playoffs, good for second in the NBA behind LeBron James (35.3). Howard led Orlando with 21.7 points per game. Rashard Lewis was second with 19.4 per contest, while Pau Gasol put in 18.2 on a nightly basis.

Rebounds per game grabbed by Howard, the most in the playoffs. Gasol led L.A. with 11.3 per game, good for fifth in the playoffs, while Lamar Odom was 8th with 9.5 per game.

Assists per game averaged by Hedo Turkoglu to lead Orlando, while Bryant’s 4.9 were tops for L.A.

Home games lost by each team in their respective conferences. Houston surprised L.A. with a 100-92 win in Game 1 of the second round, while Denver took Game 2 of the WCF 106-103. Orlando opened the playoffs with a 100-98 loss on Andre Iguodala’s buzzer beater, and Boston won Game 4 95-94 on a Glen Davis jumper.

NBA Finals Schedule – L.A. vs. Orlando

09_finals_wordmark_lakersA night after L.A. defeated the Denver Nuggets 119-92 to earn the right to represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals, the Orlando Magic beat the Cleveland Cavs 103-90 to claim the Eastern berth.

We’ll have a complete series preview up soon on, but in the meantime, here’s the confirmed schedule for the Finals, which starts on Thursday, June 4 at STAPLES Center:

Game 1, Thursday, June 4: Orlando at L.A., 6 p.m.
Game 2, Sunday, June 7: Orlando at L.A., 5 p.m.
Game 3, Tuesday, June 9: L.A. at Orlando, 6 p.m.
Game 4, Thursday, June 11: L.A. at Orlando, 6 p.m.
Game 5*, Sunday, June 14: L.A. at Orlando, 5 p.m.
Game 6*, Tuesday, June 16: Orlando at L.A., 6 p.m.
Game 7*, Thursday, June 18: Orlando at L.A., 6 p.m.
*If necessary

The Lakers took Saturday off, but will practice on Sunday to prepare for the Magic.

Lakers 119, Nuggets 92: Postgame 6

Kobe BryantA 27-point victory over what had been the toughest and grittiest of opponents for five Western Conference Finals games was quite an emphatic way for L.A. to get back to the NBA Finals for the 30th time in franchise history.

Indeed, this one was never close.

The Lakers followed up a fantastic Game 5 fourth quarter by playing terrific basketball in all four Game 6 quarters despite a hostile Pepsi Center in Denver, executing with precision on offense and bringing constant energy on defense that left the Nuggets searching for answers.

“Tonight was a game where we played at the highest level, shooting the ball well from all spots on the floor,” said Phil Jackson. “I thought our collective energy was good. I thought our collective intelligence was good, and that seemed the most important thing at this time is being able to read the defenses, move the ball, get the ball in places where people can operate.”

With Kobe Bryant leading the way in focused assassin mode, the purple and gold were on from the jump, taking a five-point lead into the second quarter and using a 20-7 run to close the first half with a 13-point lead that they almost immediately pushed to 20 in the third quarter. Bryant was everywhere, orchestrating L.A.’s attack on both ends as if he knew what Denver was going to do.

“It was very controlled, excellent game from him,” Jackson said in summation.

“We just got a read for what they were doing,” added Bryant. “I think that was the key. We just got ‘em beat … It was the defense. And, like I said, we did a great job of reading that and finding the open man.”

The lead would swell to 29 points late in the fourth as L.A. assisted on 28 of its 43 field goals, led by 10 dimes from Bryant that underscored his 35-point performance on 12-of-20 shooting and 9-of-9 from the free throw line.

While Bryant was, well, Bryant, it was a complete team effort that produced L.A.’s finest all-around effort of the season, particularly in the given circumstances: five Lakers hit double figures; the bench scored 40 points; the Lakers turned the ball over just three times in the second half to build on the lead; L.A. shot 57.3 percent from the field, and made a perfect 24-of-24 free throws; and the team defense held Denver to 43.8 percent shooting.

Simply put, L.A. did whatever it wanted.

As it’s been all season, Pau Gasol was 1A to Bryant’s numero uno, the Spaniard going for 20 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, three steals and a block in nearly 43 minutes on 8-of-12 shooting. Not far behind was Lamar Odom, who put up 20 points (14 in the second half) and eight boards, while Trevor Ariza and Luke Walton proved a very productive small forward duo, combining for 27 points, five boards, three assists and two steals.

“Last two games, I mean, we really proved to ourselves and to everybody else that we can be an extremely high quality team, a team that deserves to be in the NBA Finals and is going for the NBA championship.,” said Gasol. “So that really, really felt good out there and we have to do more of that.”

With the victory, the Lakers earned themselves six full days to rest, with the Finals set to take place on Thursday, June 4, against the winner of the Orlando-Cleveland Eastern Conference Finals that’s currently led 3-2 by the homeward-bound Magic.

Stay tuned for extensive coverage of what was simply a fantastic Lakers’ performance that had the team just four wins away from its one and only goal.

Until then, some numbers:

Free throws missed by the Lakers on 24 attempts.

Second half turnovers for a Lakers’ team that had coughed the ball up 11 times in the first half, helping L.A. preserve the 13-point lead they’d built at the half.

Lakers in double-digit points in a game marked by terrific ball movement, including three players at the 20-point margin (Bryant, Gasol and Odom).

Minute mark of the second quarter when Denver would hold its last lead at 33-32; they’d cede the lead on a Lamar Odom baby hook in the lane and never get it back.

First quarter points from Trevor Ariza, including two three pointers from opposite wings as he took advantage of double teams on Bryant and Gasol to get L.A. off to a good offensive start.

Combined assists from Bryant (10) and Gasol (6), whom Denver double-teamed constantly to their detriment. Both seemed to make the ideal pass out of the trap throughout the game.

Bench points in the second half from the Lakers, thanks primarily to 14 from Lamar Odom and eight from Luke Walton. The bench finished with 40 points on the evening to counter 34 from the Nuggets.

L.A.’s shooting percentage in a terrific first half that produced a 13-point lead.

Second half points from the Lakers to 52 from the Nuggets, a 14-point difference that was one more than the 53-40 halftime margin.

Lakers – Nuggets Running Diary 6

57555951Read about the Lakers vs. Nuggets Game 6 as it unfolds. As always, feel free to refresh your browser for live updates throughout the game … On second thought, I guess they wouldn’t technically be “live” updates since you have to press refresh. But whatever.

Game 1
Lakers – Nuggets Running Diary, May 19, 2009
Lakers 105, Nuggets 103: Postgame

Game 2
Lakers – Nuggets Running Diary, May 21, 2009
Lakers 103, Nuggets 106: Postgame

Game 3
Lakers – Nuggets Running Diary, May 23, 2009
Lakers 103, Nuggets 97: Postgame

Game 4
Lakers – Nuggets Running Diary, May 25, 2009
Lakers 101, Nuggets 120: Postgame

Game 5
Lakers – Nuggets Running Diary, May 27, 2009
Lakers 103, Nuggets 94: Postgame

Lakers: Adam Morrison, Sun Yue
Nuggets: Sonny Weems, Steven Hunter

Lakers: Fisher, Bryant, Ariza, Gasol and Bynum
Nuggets: Billups, Jones, Anthony, Martin and Nene

Phil Jackson Pregame
Jackson was asked little about the actual game, as reporters instead focused on the referee situation before dipping into league rules from a general standpoint.

George Karl Pregame
Continuing a run of strange pregame pressers, Karl began talking about 70′s and 80′s bands about which he admittedly knew little, including calling R.E.M. “rem.” To be fair, it wasn’t his fault as several journalists prompted him. When eventually moving over to the team, Karl stated his excitement for Game 6, and said he thought Carmelo Anthony’s ankle was probably well enough to spend some time on Kobe Bryant.

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57555991First Quarter
12:00 Rocker Zakk Wylde played the National Anthem on his guitar … Sorry, gotta go with Flea (by a lot) on that one. Even with the PA guy doing his Detroit Pistons thing again, it was a great atmosphere in Denver, which began as Bynum won the tip over Nene.

11:25 Though Bynum missed an opening alley-oop pass, Bryant forced a Billups foul off a near-interception, and Gasol converted from the baseline to put L.A. on top. At the other end, Anthony and Martin each missed a baseline jumper.

10:15 Ariza nailed a three from his spot, which is halfway between the top of the key and the baseline on the wing.

9:01 Anthony finally scored for Denver by hitting the second of two free throws after a hard foul on Bynum.

7:17 A nice defensive play from Bynum forced a Billups miss, and Bryant went the other way to draw a hard foul on Martin. His free throws put the Lakers up 9-5 even as they’d missed a few easy offensive opportunities.

5:54 It’s fair to say that L.A. controlled the opening six minutes, a far cry from Game 4 in Denver when the Nuggets were the aggressors. Were L.A. to hit some great looks resulting from three Nuggs turnovers, it would have more than the 2-point cushion into the first time out.

2:56 The Lakers really seemed to have figured out Denver’s defense, particularly when they’re trapping, getting several good looks near the hoop including an Odom layup and Ariza dunk. Denver, meanwhile, stayed in the game by getting back-to-back threes from J.R. Smith and Billups.

1:26 After Bryant drove right past Smith for a layup, he found Odom in the paint for another easy deuce. Smith did counter with a drive past Odom, but Ariza hit from the other wing, his second hit, to put L.A. up 24-18.

0:35.0 When Bynum went to the bench, L.A. gave up two straight layups, the second to Anthony. A defensive 3-second call then earned Bryant free throw, which he made to get to seven points, three fewer than Ariza.

All-in-all, it was a very good first quarter for the Lakers, who got a little something from everybody that stepped onto the court.
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Halfcourt Contest

After this morning’s shootaround Jordan Farmar, Sasha Vujacic and assistant coach Brian Shaw stayed to have a little halfcourt shooting contest. Check out the video above to see who won and what they had to say afterwards.

One Night Only: Stu Lantz

Stu LantzEvery game for the past four years, home & away, regular season & post season, you’ve heard former Lakers forward Mychal Thompson’s voice alongside Spero Dedes on the team’s radio broadcast. Tonight, Thompson won’t be available due to the graduation of his youngest son Trayce, but we’ve found a familiar voice to pinch-hit: Stu Lantz.

While Lantz is a radio veteran from his days next to Chick Hearn in the broadcast booth, it’s been almost six-years since he has appeared on the radio waves. The Lakers discontinued the simulcast format before the 2003-04 season and since then Stu has appeared exclusively on the TV side of things.

This won’t be the first time that Dedes and Lantz have teamed up, briefly working together during the Summer Pro League a few years back.

We caught up with both Spero and Stu to talk about radio vs. television, working together, and the outlook for the Lakers in Game 6.

Game 6 Scouting Report


In games this late in a series a coach will dust off a play here or there to use to try and get a quick/easy bucket and turn momentum in their favor. While the core of the Denver offense is still screen and rolls with Billups and post/isolations with Carmelo, they used some high post actions on occasion to try and catch us off guard. The generic term for this type of offense is “ucla” and Denver calls it “Auto”.

To read the full Scouting Report go to Lakers Courtside Connection.

“Mr. Clutch” Gets New Gig

Jerry WestAs reported by Golf Writer Jason Sobel, Lakers legend Jerry West has been named Executive Director of the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust Open.

“The Northern Trust Open is more than a golf tournament,” said West, who played all 14 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers. “It’s an opportunity to bring all of L.A. together to make an impact on this great city, to grow the programs associated with the event — those that help children across the city and those that are so desperately needed, especially in these economic times. It’s an honor to become a part of the Northern Trust Open and work to make this event the absolute best in the world.”

The tournament formerly known as the L.A. Open takes place annually at the Riviera Country Club. To read the full story click here.

Happy 71st Birthday Jerry.

Lakers 103, Nuggets 94: Postgame 5

57544224Denver asked the game’s best scorer to pass, and Kobe Bryant did just that.

Maneuvering around consistent double teams and traps that the Nuggets threw his way, Bryant played willing passer throughout an intensity-filled Western Conference Finals evening, leading L.A. from a seven-point deficit late in the third quarter to a nine-point victory.

“That’s what we really asked of him,” said Phil Jackson. “He had eight assists and could have had more if we hit some shots. He was creating offensive opportunities by drawing double teams and (it) worked.”

It was fitting that Bryant’s final assist went to Lamar Odom under the hoop to seal the game with 1:02 remaining: Odom, who had been battling an injured back since falling hard in the second round against Houston, was everywhere at both ends of the floor, spreading statistical love across the box score with 19 points, 14 rebounds, four blocks and three assists.

“He’s been limited in activity, so playing the kind of minutes he did tonight he was exhausted but he gave us a really good effort at both ends of the court,” said Jackson. “He did some things that were important for us to win.”

Many of those things came during an all-important 21-3 run that began late in the third and ended halfway through the fourth as Odom and Pau Gasol (nine total blocks) protected L.A.’s rim while Bryant darted and dished. And if Odom was a spark, Shannon Brown was the match, as requested on the bench by Phil Jackson after Derek Fisher picked up his fourth foul.

Brown checked in with L.A. down seven, and moments later cut to the hoop for a layup from Bryant, which he followed with the game’s biggest momentum-changing play when he skied high into the air to hammer dunk on a charging Chris Andersen, who’d blocked four shots to that point. Brown then took his show to the other end, hounding Chauncey Billups as Denver turned the ball over twice, which led to a game-tying three from Odom. The Lakers flowed naturally from there, pushing their lead to 11 with 7:36 left in the fourth when Gasol sunk a hook shot in the lane.

Speaking of the Spaniard…

“He had a terrific game tonight,” said Jackson of his power forward that had 14 points, 10 boards and five blocks. “He was getting the ball out on double teams, rebounding and blocking shots, good game from him.”

While Gasol and Bryant led the starters, nearly each Laker that played contributed in some manner.

“I think this was one of the best games we’ve played this year as far as giving a team effort,” said Odom, who went on to name most of his teammates, citing individual contributions that included a solid all-around game from Trevor Ariza; 19 combined first half points from Fisher and Andrew Bynum; Brown’s six points, dunk and defensive energy; and four boards, two assists, a steal and a block from Luke Walton, and a buzzer-beating three from Sasha Vujacic to tie the game heading into the half.

As a team, the Lakers executed their offensive goal of getting the ball down low, scoring 54 points in the paint to just 36 from Denver, and thriving off some electric STAPLES energy to a 27-18 fourth quarter after the first three had ended in ties.

“This is playoff basketball and the energy that is created by the home crowd and the intensity of the game plays into it,” concluded Jackson. “This Lakers group is really connected, driven, and motivated to get where we were at last year to give ourselves a chance to win.”

Heading back to Colorado for Game 6, how will the Lakers give themselves that chance to close out the series in what’s sure to be a hostile environment?

“The intensity is going to be there, what we have to do is execute,” said Bryant. “Be cold blooded, go out there and execute.”

It would sure help the Lakers execute if Lamar Odom can bring what he delivered on Wednesday night … Because when he does, as Carmelo Anthony said after the game, it ain’t easy to beat L.A.

“They’re special,” he said. “Lamar, when he’s out there, he’s a mismatch, especially at the four. In that second unit, way he played tonight, hit the glass, pounded inside. When he plays like that, they’re a tough team. So we gotta look forward to that for Friday.

Until then, some numbers:

More rebound for Denver than the Lakers (43-42), who’d prefer to win that battle, but would take it after losing it by 18 in Game 4.

Three pointers hit by the Lakers on 16 attempts, only 18.8 percent. L.A. was very good from everywhere else, however, hitting 56.7 percent from two.

Fastbreak points for the Nuggets, as the Lakers’ focus on sprinting back in transition paid off.

Combined blocks from Pau Gasol (5) and Lamar Odom (4)

Field goal attempts from Kobe Bryant, his fewest in the series, towards 22 points, including 9-of-10 from the free throw line.

Lamar Odom’s +/- total, by far the highest in the game, meaning the Lakers outscored Denver by 18 points when he was on the floor. No. 2 was Shannon Brown with +13, while Denver’s Chris Andersen was a game-worst -17.

Points from Carmelo Anthony to lead the Nuggets, 12 of which came from the free throw line. No other Nugget had more than 12 points (Kenyon Martin, Chauncey Billups).

Points in the paint for the Lakers, to just 36 from Denver as L.A. dominated the lane.

Lakers – Nuggets Running Diary – Game 5

57543528Read about the Lakers vs. Nuggets Game 5 as it unfolds. As always, feel free to refresh your browser for live updates throughout the game … On second thought, I guess they wouldn’t technically be “live” updates since you have to press refresh. But whatever.

Game 1
Lakers – Nuggets Running Diary, May 19, 2009
Lakers 105, Nuggets 103: Postgame

Game 2
Lakers – Nuggets Running Diary, May 21, 2009
Lakers 103, Nuggets 106: Postgame

Game 3
Lakers – Nuggets Running Diary, May 23, 2009
Lakers 103, Nuggets 97: Postgame

Game 4
Lakers – Nuggets Running Diary, May 25, 2009
Lakers 101, Nuggets 120: Postgame

Lakers: Adam Morrison, Sun Yue
Nuggets: Sonny Weems, Steven Hunter

Lakers: Fisher, Bryant, Ariza, Gasol and Bynum
Nuggets: Billups, Jones, Anthony, Martin and Nene

Phil Jackson Pregame
Jackson was first asked his reaction the receiving a $25,000 fine from the NBA, and he said this: “Parking tickets still bother me.” Then he was asked about Andrew Bynum’s slight increase in minutes: “Some of it is about the game getting in a 10, 12-point situation, and Pau needed the rest. (Bynum’s) perfectly capable of scoring in there, but Andrew still has an activity level that he knows he has to pick up in this series where he’s rebounding and (active) on the defensive end.” Finally, when asked if he were “planting seeds” by addressing the referee situation, Jackson said that he was a “gardener.”

George Karl Pregame
Karl was, once again, full of nothing but jokes for the first three minutes of his press conference before being asked if his CBA coaching experience helped him on the big stage (yes). “I think really good coaches in the NBA feel a problem before it happens,” he said. He also addressed Carmelo Anthony’s struggles, but primarily is concerned with his team matching the effort level they’d brought throughout the series.

Big Time
While Kobe Bryant is always the straw that stirs L.A.’s drink, keep an eye out for L.A.’s early work on the boards, particularly from Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol, and later Lamar Odom. The Lakers bigs saw Denver outrebound their team 58-40 in Game 4, and don’t think for a second that didn’t come up in the film room. Controlling the boards may well control the game, and L.A. is well aware. The good news for the Lakers is that in any game they’ve really HAD to win this season, they’ve brought the defensive and rebounding noise, so the precedent is there.

57543476First Quarter
12:00 Tyrese Gibson was solid on the National Anthem, though I think it’d be cool if Optimus Prime handled it.

11:40 Fisher missed a wide open triple, and Billups sank one … Then Bynum missed a shot in the lane before fouling Jones hard at the hoop. Jones missed the first, but Denver jumped out 4-0. On ESPN, Jeff Van Gundy said he thought Jones should have been suspended for the trip on Bryant that was turned into a Flagrant Type 1 foul by the league.

8:50 The Nuggets had yet to miss from the field (4-of-4), but Bryant and Fisher stuck jumpers to make it 10-6 for the visitors. More disconcerting than Denver’s perfect shooting percentage was that they were getting some really good looks.

7:10 Bryant fed Bynum for an alley-oop dunk out of a timeout. That’s what you’d call a good inbounds play. Then at the other end, Bynum contested a Jones’ miss, Gasol picked Jones in the backcourt and Bryant went straight to the hole to draw a foul. Four quick points.

5:32 Well, that was more like what we expected; After that sequence, four more points capped an 8-0, highlighted by a nasty spin move and two-handed dunk over Nene from Bynum. Fisher also hit his second jumper of the quarter, and got real low for some (low) fives from the bench when George Karl called time out.

4:46 Gasol’s put back followed a Nene tip, and Fisher countered an Anthony layup (which drew Bynum’s second foul) for his third make in four attempts to make it 18-15 L.A.

2:23 Billups picked up his second foul with the score knotted at 21, and had to go to the bench in favor of Anthony Carter. L.A. immediately posted Bryant on A.C., which earned Odom a baseline hook that rattled in.

0:13.9 A great defensive possession that included a block each from Odom and Gasol still resulted in a Denver bucket as Carter gathered with the shot clock expiring. On the other end, Andersen made a great play to block an Odom dunk attempt, and the score stayed tied at 25 after one.
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