May 12, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol (16) blocks a shot by Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee (34) in the second half of game seven of the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Staples Center. Lakers won 96-87. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

NBA Playoffs: Saturday Night Reaction

Los Angeles Lakers  96            Denver Nuggets  87  

(Lakers Win 4-3)

Well the Lakers finally got the win to put away the Nuggets with some big help from Pau Gasol.  He put up 23 points and grabbed 17 rebounds with one instance in which he got 5 offensive boards as he tried to tip in a score.  Metta World Peace was back for this game, which I didn’t realize he was out the last game, but he came back and put up 15 points.  Steve Blake outscored his teammate Kobe Bryant 19-17.   Quiet night for Kobe in what could have been a game for him to take over.  Ty Lawson led the way in a losing effort with 24 points.  But the Nuggets couldn’t get enough going in the fourth quarter as the Lakers put up 27 points.  Now the Lakers look to get ready for Oklahoma City, which they better get ready because the Thunder are looking impressive.






Boston Celtics  92           Philadelphia 76ers  91  

(Celtics Lead 1-0)

May 12, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics shooting guard Marquis Daniels (left), point guard Keyon Dooling (center) and center Ryan Hollins (right) celebrate against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half of game one in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

Looks like we have a series on our hands as I thought Boston would come out on fire and really taking out the Sixers from the start.  But Philly came out and took a 28-18 lead after the first quarter.  But things evened up as the game wore on.  Rajon Rondo had another triple double to lead the way for Boston with 17 assists, 13 points, and 12 rebounds.  Kevin Garnett had another good scoring burst of 29 points and 11 rebounds.  It looks like Garnett is turning it on at the right time.  Philly needs to figure out what worked well in that first quarter, and make sure they put it together for four quarters.  Like I said, I didn’t think Philly would hold their own in this series, but they might be able to if they can steal the second game of the series.



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