Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Lakers Win Tight Game 5!

The final score may have read 111-104 tonight as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Utah Jazz in game five of their best-of-seven series, but believe me it was a lot closer than that. The Jazz never led the game, and trailed by only 3-4 points throughout the fourth quarter.

NBA MVP Kobe Bryant nursed a sore back and became facilitator instead of scorer, not taking a single shot in the final period. Without Kobe taking control of the offense, it was his two wingmen who assumed command. Lamar Odom scored seven of his 22 points in the final period, and Pau Gasol scored six of his 21 points including a key rebound and slam dunk of a Sasha Vujacic miss with 20 seconds to play to give the Lakers a 107-102 lead. Odom also grabbed 11 rebounds, while Gasol had eight assists, six rebounds and four more blocked shots. Kobe only took ten shots in the entire game, scoring 26 points, while dishing out seven assists and grabbing six rebounds. Derek Fisher also played a prominent role with his tenacious defense, grabbing four steals in additon to his 14 points.

Game six of the best-of-seven series is in Utah at 10:30 ET/7:30 PT and will be seen on ESPN. GO LAKERS!


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