Lakers vs. Nuggets, Game 1: Lakers 27, Nuggets 14

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

Matt Barnes

steal and score.

The Lakers then finished out the quarter even stronger with a

Steve Blake

three-pointer and a free throw by

Kobe Bryant


The Lakers were shooting the ball well, making nine of 15 shots. Bryant had six points, four of those coming off free throws.

Devin Ebanks


Ramon Sessions

each had four points.

Andrew Bynum

had five rebounds.

The Nuggets were led by

Danilo Gallinari

with nine points. Denver was shooting a terrible 25% (five for 20).