"We don't have much to lose, so we're going to play him," Brown said. "If you're a competitor, I think it is fun. You live for moments like this."
The Lakers must immediately improve their effort and hustle after the Nuggets made 51.6 percent of their shots — including 10 3-pointers — and outrebounded Los Angeles 47-42 in Game 6. Denver just needs one more game with the same intensity and aggressive pace.
"It's tough to beat anybody on their home court, especially when they've got their crowd behind them, just like (in Game 6) it was tough to beat us," Denver rookie Kenneth Faried said. "But we've got to go in with the same mindset and the same mentality that we did (in Game 6)."
Bryant is 4-1 in Game 7s in his career, including the decisive game of the 2010 NBA finals against Boston. But another Game 7 is more pertinent to the Lakers' current predicament: His only loss came in 2006 against the Phoenix Suns, who completed the NBA's most recent comeback from a 3-1 series deficit by stunning the Lakers.
"There's a lot of energy in the building, and teams play with a sense of desperation on every single possession," Bryant said. "It's a fun game to be a part of."
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