Los Angeles takes 3-2 lead

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LOS ANGELES – Kobe Bryant scored 22 points, Lamar Odom had 19 points and 14 rebounds and Pau Gasol added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the Los Angeles Lakers' 103-94 victory in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals tonight.

The Lakers lead the series 3-2 and Game 6 is Friday in Denver, where the Lakers lost Game 4 by 19 points.

Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points, hitting 12 of 13 free throws, and Kenyon Martin and Chauncey Billups added 12 points each for the Nuggets.

The teams were tied after the first, second and third quarters for just the fourth time in NBA playoff history.

The Lakers opened the fourth with an 11-0 run and never trailed again.


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