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Nuggets rout Lakers 113-96 to force Game 7

Published: Thursday, July 30 2015 10:53 a.m. MDT

Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol, right, of Spain, pulls in a loose ball in front of Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson during the first quarter of Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Denver on Thursday, May 10, 2012.  (David Zalubowski, Associated Press) Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol, right, of Spain, pulls in a loose ball in front of Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson during the first quarter of Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Denver on Thursday, May 10, 2012. (David Zalubowski, Associated Press)

DENVER — Ty Lawson scored 32 points, fellow spark plug Corey Brewer added 18 and the Denver Nuggets forced a Game 7 in their first-round playoff series with a dominating 113-96 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.

The free-wheeling Nuggets are one win from running the lumbering Lakers right out of the playoffs. Game 7 in the Western Conference series is Saturday night at the Staples Center.

This will be the Nuggets' first all-or-nothing playoff game since losing to Utah in Game 7 of the 1994 conference semifinals.

Kobe Bryant followed his 43-point outburst in Game 5 with 31 points in 3½ quarters despite a sour stomach that prevented him from attending the Lakers' morning shootaround and forced him to take intravenous fluids all day. He took a seat for good with Los Angeles down 101-73 with 7:52 remaining.

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