Finally we see Lamar Odom step up in a big playoff game. Not sure if it was becuase they were showing a video on his struggles or not, but whatever his motivation he needs to remember and channel that for the rest of the playoffs. In the pre-game poll I asked how many points Kobe would score becuase the less he scores, the better the Lakers do for obvious reasons. Tonight, he had what might be a playoff low 22 points on only 13 shots. There was no lack of scoring though as 5 different Lakers finished in double digits and Bynum came close with 9 points. I feel bad the he barely saw any 2nd-half PT, but so long as it's because of Odom's stellar play and not foul trouble, I'll get over it.
The game was close throughout, but once again the 4th quarter belonged to the Lakers used an 11-0 run at the start of the fourth to take command and the lead which they never relinquished. And if the Nuggets thought that if was only Kobe's scoring at the end of the game that could beat them then they were sorely mistaken as he made brilliant pass after brilliant pass as the Lakers pulled away.
Although the winner of Game 5 in a tied series goes on to win the series 83% of the time, I would like to see the Lakers finish this in 6. This will show that they can win coming off of a victory (yes it's been that long), plus the Magic look like they're about ready to close out the Cavs.
Here's the box score and recap.
Great Win and
Go Purple & Gold!