Lakers 27, Nuggets 14 (end of first quarter)
It wasn't a great quarter of basketball but the
seemed content to have the lead against the high-scoring
. The Lakers surged to a 10-point lead with a little more than a minute to play on a
steal and score.
The Lakers then finished out the quarter even stronger with a
three-pointer and a free throw by
The Lakers were shooting the ball well, making nine of 15 shots. Bryant had six points, four of those coming off free throws.
each had four points.
had five rebounds.
The Nuggets were led by
with nine points. Denver was shooting a terrible 25% (five for 20).