(David Brickley – Twitter: @DavidJBrickley)
Game 5 was yet another classic game for Kobe Bryant.
He scored in double digits for the 164th consecutive playoff game, He finished the night with 43 points, which is the 12th time he has scored at least 40 points in a postseason game.
The Lakers trailed by as many as 15 in the 4th quarter. That’s when Bryant went all “Black Mamba” on the Nuggets hitting four three pointers. 14 of his 43 points were scored in the final period.
The thrilling Game 5 at Staples Center had everything a Laker fan would want except a win.
Bryant missed a three that would have sent the game into overtime in the games final seconds. The Lakers got another shot as Steve Blake got the rebound and kicked it out to Ramon Sessions for a three which hit off the rim just short.
The Lakers fell to the Nuggets in Game 5 102-99. The Lakers lead the best of seven 3-2.
Nuggets Head Coach George Karl said after the game, “Thank god we had a big enough lead, Kobe scares the hell out of me”
After the game Kobe said the Lakers didn’t deserve to get the win:
“I used to have a coach that said the basketball gods did not allow us to win this game today because we didn’t deserve it,” referring to former head coach Phil Jackson. “That’s what I’ll hang my hat on.”
The series continues as Game 6 will be Thursday up In Denver at 7:30pm PST and will be televised on TNT.