It took two game sevens, but the Western Conference first round finally ended over the weekend, with both Los Angeles squads advancing. Meanwhile, the Eastern Conference had two second round series get underway.
Los Angeles Lakers 96 - Denver 87
The Lakers needed something big out of their big men and Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum delivered. Gasol had 23 points, Bynum added 18 boards, and the return of Metta World Peace was key to the Lakers rather easy win. MWP locked down Andre Miller and Danilo Gallinari, holding them to a combined six points. On the other end, World Peace scored 15 points, connecting on four threes. Tonight, the Lakers are in Oklahoma City and we'll see if going seven games with Denver took a toll on L.A. Read More »