DENVER, CO - MAY 10: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles the ball up the court against Danilo Gallinari #8 of the Denver Nuggets and JaVale McGee #34 during the first quarter of Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Pepsi Center on May 10, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
The Nuggets forced Game 7 and will now face the Lakers in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Denver made Game 7 happen with a 113-96 win on Thursday night. Ty Lawson led the way for Denver with 32 points and is now averaging 18.2 points per game in the series. Kenneth Faried has also been a major contributor for the Nuggets, averaging 11.2 points per game and 10 rebounds per game in the series. Faried has three double-doubles in the series, including a 15-point, 11-rebound effort in Game 6.
Kobe Bryant battled stomach flu Thursday night but still managed to score 31 points. Bryant is the leading scorer in the series, averaging 31.2 points per game. If the Lakers are going to win Game 7, they may need a bigger contribution from Pau Gasol, who scored just three points on 1-10 shooting in Game 6. Gasol is averaging 11.2 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game in the series.
Saturday's Game 7 will tip off at 10:30 p.m. EDT and be televised on TNT.