Kobe Scores 22 as Lakers Seize 3-0 Series Lead

Anthony, Iverson combine for 31 as Nuggets dig deep hole
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Apr 27, 2008 12:03 AM CDT
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant gestures after sinking a three pointer against the Denver Nuggets during the third quarter in Game 3 of the their NBA Western Conference playoff series.   (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
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(Newser) – Once again, the Denver Nuggets couldn't keep their emotions or Kobe Bryant in check. Bryant scored 22 points and the Los Angeles Lakers took a 3-0 lead in their first-round series, routing the flustered Nuggets 102-84 tonight. The Nuggets are going to have to get more out of their All-Star duo of Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson if they hope to take the series back to the Staples Center.

Anthony and Iverson were miserable from the floor, shooting a combined 10-for-38 and finishing with 16 and 15 points, respectively. Bryant was quiet, too, at least in the first half, when he scored eight points on 3-for-8 shooting. He scored nine quick points in the third quarter, however, to put the Lakers ahead 64-51 and quiet the Pepsi Center crowd that loves to hate him.