Los Angeles: Andre Miller scored 24 points, including two free throws with 12.8 seconds left, and Denver survived Bryant's late scoring barrage in a 43-point performance, avoiding playoff elimination with a 102-99 victory over Los Angeles on Tuesday and trimming the Lakers' series lead to 3-2.
McGee had 21 points and 14 rebounds for the sixth-seeded Nuggets, who barely survived a frenetic finish. Denver had a 15-point lead midway through the fourth quarter against the lifeless Lakers, but Bryant engineered a swift comeback before his final three shots missed.
"I was just glad we didn't go to overtime," Miller said. "There was too much energy in the building. A veteran team like that will fight their way back, and they know how to finish games. We found a way to contain them."