Lakers Crack Nuggets 119-92, Return to Finals

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 29, 2009 11:01 PM CDT
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant goes to the basket over the top of Denver Nuggets center Nene of Brazil, left, on Friday, May 29, 2009, in Denver.   (AP Photo/ Chris Carlson)
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(Newser) – Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers are heading back to the NBA finals after dispatching the pesky Denver Nuggets with a 119-92 victory in Game 6 tonight. Bryant got plenty of scoring help from Trevor Ariza, Pau Gasol, and Lamar Odom as the Lakers shot 57.3% from the field to avoid having to play a Game 7 in the Western Conference finals back at the Staples Center.

They will finally get some much-needed rest after playing every other day for a grueling 2 weeks. The Lakers will face either Orlando or Cleveland in the finals. The Magic lead 3-2 and can clinch the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night at home in Game 6 and prevent the Kobe Bryant-LeBron James final that has basketball fans and corporate sponsors atwitter.