Lakers Vs. Nuggets, NBA Playoffs 2012 Game 2: Kobe Bryant Scores 38 In 104-100 Victory Over Denver

The Los Angeles Lakers have taken a 2-0 series lead against the Denver Nuggets in this opening round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs following Tuesday's 104-100 victory. Los Angeles held off a late Denver rally and, as the series shifts to Denver, are now halfway to advancing to the second round.

Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum once again led the way for the Lakers. Bryant sank shot after shot -- 15-of-29 from the field, 6-of-7 from the line -- for a game-high 38 points. Bynum followed up his triple-double from Game 1 with 27 points, nine rebounds and two blocks. Pau Gasol added a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds.

The Nuggets came close to a comeback late in the final quarter, but they couldn't quite make it over that hump. They have yet to lead in either game this series. Ty Lawson led the way for the Nuggets with 25 points on 11-of-17 shooting and dished out the ball for seven assists. Rookie Kenneth Faried finished the game with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

The two teams will travel to Denver for a Friday game at the Pepsi Center. The teams split the two-game series there during the regular season

For more on the Lakers, head over to Silver Screen and Roll and SB Nation Los Angeles. For more on the Nuggets, head over to Denver Stiffs and SB Nation Denver.

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