Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum combined for 65 points in Los Angeles' 104-100 victory Tuesday night that gave the Lakers a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series that shifts to the Pepsi Center on Friday night.
After falling behind early, the younger, quicker Nuggets picked up the pace and made a game of it. Now, they'll try to duplicate their up-tempo style to make this a competitive series.
Denver's transition game is fueled by Ty Lawson and Corey Brewer, but the Nuggets have to tighten things up on defense, force Bryant to take tougher shots and clear out Bynum underneath.
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