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Bryant, Bynum Lead Lakers To 3-1 Edge Over Nuggets

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DENVER (CBS/AP) —Kobe Bryant scored 22 points, Andrew Bynum added 19 and the Los Angeles Lakers’ stars got plenty of help from their supporting cast in a 92-88 win over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night for a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.

The Lakers can wrap it up Tuesday night when the series shifts back to Staples Center for Game 5.

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“Our teammates are stepping up, we’re really playing hard. ”  Bynum said. ” Jordan (Hill) was the difference.”

Hill was big for L.A., posting a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Steve Blake scored 10 points, including a key 3-pointer in the final minute as the Lakers overcame a six-point halftime hole and a 71-70 deficit heading into the fourth quarter.

Ramon Sessions scored 12 points and also had a big 3 in the final minute for L.A.

Danilo Gallinari led the Nuggets with 20 points, and Andre Miller had 15.

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