Sunday, May 4, 2008

Lakers Begin Round 2 on High Note!

For one quarter this afternoon, the Utah Jazz were able to hang with the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. The problem for the Jazz though is the NBA game is four quarters. The Lakers only led 25-24 after one period, but Kobe Bryant and company gradually built their lead until it reached 13 points at halftime. The Lakers lead continued to grow until it reached 19 points at 68-49 with 7:33 to play. The Jazz though were persistent and slowly pecked away at the Lakers advanatage, trimming the Lakers lead to 79-72 by the end of the third quarter. The Jazz would stay close, getting to within four points at 91-87 on a layup with 4:44 left to play. They would get no closer though, although even three minutes later they were still down by only six points at 96-90. The Lakers then finally closed things out, scoring five points over the next minute to give them an insurmountable 101-90 lead. FINAL SCORE: Lakers 109, Jazz 98.

Who were the heroes for the Lakers? The usual suspects continued to dominate. Kobe went off for 38 points, making 21 of his 23 free throws and grabbing six rebounds, while dishing out seven assists. Pau Gasol contributed 18 points and 10 boards, while Lamar Odom almost matched him with 16 points and nine rebounds. Sasha Vujacic scored 15 points off the bench in just 17 minutes of action, and Ronny Turiaf added four blocks in his 18 minutes.


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