Nuggets force Game 7 with 113-96 win over Lakers
By PAT GRAHAM
Posted May 11 2012 4:46AM
DENVER (AP) Kobe Bryant spent all day under the weather and the way his teammates let him down made him feel even worse.
The Los Angeles Lakers star scored 31 points despite a stomach ailment, but was upset with the performance of his supporting cast as the Denver Nuggets rolled to a 113-96 win Thursday night to force a Game 7 in their first-round playoff series.
Bryant was quick to respond when asked if his teammates matched his heart.
“No, of course they didn’t,” he said.
Bryant suited up despite an upset stomach that he said left his hotel room “looking like a scene from `The Exorcist.”‘ He was so sick that he didn’t attend the morning shootaround before the game and had to take intravenous fluids all day.
“We let each other down, for sure,” Bryant explained. “We didn’t step up and meet their energy and they know that.”
Then again, the Nuggets played with an energy that would’ve been hard to match as they sent the series back to Staples Center for an all-or-nothing showdown on Saturday night. Ty Lawson scored 32 points and reserve Corey Brewer added 18 to help the Nuggets tie up a series that many thought was over when they sank into a 3-1 hole.
“We can’t get too high off this,” rookie Kenneth Faried said. “We have to stay focused.”