Kobe Bryant has the stomach flu. Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol are a combined 2-for-10 from the field. And the Denver Nuggets stormed out to a 13-0 run in the game's first four minutes, yet the Los Angeles Lakers are only down nine points to the Nuggets in game six at the Pepsi Center.
The Nuggets lead the Lakers 54-49 after one half of play. L.A. wants to finish this series and move on to round two of the playffs, but George Karl's squad is doing its best to force game seven. Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson scored 19 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out three assists in the first half. Bryant does not look like 100% but he's been the Lakers best option on Thursday night. The stomach flu-afflicted star is has 19 points on 7-for-13 shooting.
Both the Lakers and the Nuggets are doing an exemplary job at limiting the opposing team's post scoring. Andrew Bynum's first two points came in the second quarter at the 5:35 mark, while Pau Gasol's first points came with 1:20 remaining in the first half. On the other end, the Lakers held JaVale McGee to two points the first half.
The Lakers wlll need to get its offense going in the post if they want to avoid this series from going to seven games.