JaVale McGee has outplayed Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol in a playoff game. To the bomb shelters, everyone. McGee was absolutely ridiculous on Friday night, contributing 16 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks in 28 minutes of play for the Denver Nuggets. In the time he was on the floor, his team scored 30 more points than the Los Angeles Lakers. There were other Nuggets who had very good games, but it's safe to say that he was the difference in Denver's 99-84 victory in Game 3.
Kenneth Faried also had a double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds while Ty Lawson led all scorers with 25 points. Even though the Lakers have a significant size advantage over Denver, the Nuggets outrebounded their opponents 54-44.
Kobe Bryant had a solid first half for the Lakers, but struggled shooting the ball in the second half and finished with 22 points on 7-23 shooting. Andrew Bynum finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds, an impressive line considering that he didn't score in the first half, but the Lakers dug themselves into such a deep hole early that there was no way out of it. Denver outscored the Lakers 30-14 in the first quarter and never relinquished the lead after they went ahead 14-12 in the first.
The Lakers now lead the series 2-1, with the home team winning all of the series' first three games.