LAL – DEN: Game 7 Postgame #’s

We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s dramatic 96-87 Game 7 victory over Denver that sends them into the second round to face Oklahoma City:

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Field goal made by Danilo Gallinari, with Metta World Peace attached to his hip all game, on nine attempts. Gallo had four turnovers, World Peace causing them all. After the game, Mike Brown called the defensive effort by MWP (who also saw time on Andre Miller, who was 1 of 10) “absolutely freaking amazing” and “monstrous,” both on and off the ball. Very impressive effort from MWP, coming off his 7-game suspension.

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Consecutive three-pointers drained by Steve Blake, including three in the first half and a big corner triple with 5:51 left in the game to put the Lakers up five. He finished the game with 19 huge points, his personal playoff career high, and repeatedly came up big throughout the night: “I can’t lie, it feels great,” he said afterwards. “It’s a good feeling to make shots and help your team win.”

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Assists for Kobe Bryant, who deferred to get teammates wide open shots when Denver double teams came, especially in the fourth quarter. He had several of the passes on the nine total threes that World Peace and Blake hit in the contest, but still nailed the ultimate dagger triple himself, his only make of the fourth quarter (two attempts) with 48.3 seconds to play.

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Offensive rebounds from Pau Gasol, so key to the ultimate result, many of which helped him on his way towards a team-high 23 points. The Spaniard added six assists and four blocks in an entirely terrific all-around game, particularly after his struggles in a 3-point, 3-rebound performance in Game 6. That’s the All-Star Lakers fans had come to know. “We were more aggressive, we pounded the boards hard

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Blocks for the Lakers, who had 15 in the Game 1 victory. Bynum led the way with six, while Gasol had four, World Peace two, Kobe and Blake one each.

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Combined rebounds for Gasol (17) and Bynum (18), rendering this comment from George Karl: “Power won over pace … size won over speed.” Said Gasol: “Andrew and I attacked the boards all game – I think that’s what helped us win the game.”

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Denver’s shooting percentage in the game. The Lakers were terrific on defense throughout, with Denver closer to 30 percent aside from a slew of transition hoops in the third quarter.