'Melo Struggles in Game Three Loss

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So much for the thought that nobody on the Lakers can stop Carmelo Anthony.

'Melo finished with 21 points Saturday night. That's seven below his playoff average. And only seven of those came in the last three quarters of Denver's 103-97 loss to Los Angeles in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals.

Give a big dose of the credit to Trevor Ariza, the Lakers' lanky forward. Ariza draped himself all over Denver's star for most of the last three quarters.

Give some more to the foul trouble Anthony found himself in from the second quarter on.

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And give all of the Lakers the rest for refusing to believe what had been pounded into them over the first two games -- that there was no solution for Anthony, who scored 34 and 39 points in Denver's split at the Staples Center.

The Nuggets now trail 2-1.