Lakers Gameday | 04/21/09 | Lakers 119, Jazz 109

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Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Utah Jazz 29 26 23 31 109
Los Angeles Lakers 41 25 23 30 119
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Lakers Game Leaders
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Kobe Bryant Kobe Bryant
26 Points
Field Goals: 8 of 17
FG: 47%
Pau GasolPau Gasol
6 Rebounds
Defensive: 4
Offensive: 2
Trevor Ariza Trevor Ariza
9 Assists
Turnovers: 1
Pau GasolPau Gasol
+17
Field Goals: 9 of 11
FG: 82%

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  • 60 - The offensive end for the Lakers continues to look strong against the Jazz, shooting 60%(45-75) from the field and 55%(11-20) from beyond the arc. Pau and Lamar combined had 41 points on 17 of 20.
  • 35 - Deron Williams had another playoff career high, this time in points, as he finished the game with 35 points, nine assists, four rebounds and four steals.
  • 33 - Assists on 45 field goals for the Lakers, with Kobe Bryant and Trevor Ariza leading the Lakers with nine assists a piece.
  • +14 - Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum dominated the paint, helping the Lakers outscore the Jazz by 14 points in the paint, 48 to 34.
  • 7 - Lakers' in double digits. It was a balanced scoring game for the Lakers, as all five starters along with Lamar Odom and Shannon Brown scored 10+ points.
  • 0 - Lead changes in the game, with the Lakers taking the early lead and leading by as many as 20 points.
    --Francisco Gomez, Lakers.com

  • STARTERS
    Los Angeles Lakers Utah Jazz
    Guard
    Derek Fisher
    D. Fisher
    Guard
    Kobe Bryant
    K. Bryant
    Forward
    Trevor Ariza
    T. Ariza
    Forward
    Pau Gasol
    P. Gasol
    Center
    Andrew Bynum
    A. Bynum
    Guard
    Deron Williams
    D. Williams
    Guard
    Ronnie Brewer
    R. Brewer
    Forward
    matt_harpring
    M. Harpring
    Forward
    Carlos Boozer
    C. Boozer
    Center
    jarron_collins
    J. Collins

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    Lakers defeat Jazz 119-109 to take 2-0 series lead

    LOS ANGELES(AP) Utah kept coming, relentlessly closing within six points time and again. The Lakers never let their lead get away.

    Kobe Bryant scored 26 points, Pau Gasol added 22 and Lamar Odom had 19 off the bench in a 119-109 victory over the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night, giving Los Angeles a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 first-round Western Conference playoff series.

    The Lakers' Phil Jackson notched his 195th career postseason victory, the most of any coach in NBA history.

    Deron Williams scored a career playoff-high 35 points and Carlos Boozer had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who head home for Game 3 on Thursday. They again played without injured center Mehmet Okur.

    Utah lost its 11th in a row at Staples Center, including playoff games.

    The Lakers' shooting sizzled in the opening quarter, but they found themselves in a tight battle throughout much of the second half.

    They stretched their lead to 96-81 early in the fourth. The Jazz relied mostly on Williams, and he scored six in a row to get his team to 105-99 with 5:22 remaining.

    Boozer scored five consecutive points to leave the Jazz trailing 109-106 with 3:18 to go. Odom's fastbreak layup kept the Lakers ahead 111-106, enough of a cushion to survive two missed free throws by Gasol.

    Bryant hit a 21-footer from the left corner and Trevor Ariza followed with a 3-pointer as the Lakers ended the game shooting 60 percent from the floor.

    Utah closed within six points seven times in the third quarter when the Lakers came unglued offensively. Bryant missed several shots, Gasol got called for offensive basket interference and Derek Fisher committed three turnovers.

    Each time the Jazz threatened, though, the Lakers came up with a basket. In the final 2:27, Bryant scored six consecutive points and assisted on Shannon Brown's 3-pointer to send the Lakers into the fourth leading 89-78.

    The Jazz cut their deficit to 49-43 midway through the second quarter on an 18-footer by C.J. Miles.

    But the Lakers answered with a 17-3 run to take their largest lead, 66-44, just as Bryant returned after starting the period on the bench. Brown hit a 3-pointer after Luke Walton scored off an offensive rebound of Brown's previous missed trey, and Bryant scored five in a row before Ariza capped the run with a 3-pointer.

    Even the bounces went the Lakers' way. Odom's 3-pointer spun around in the cylinder before dropping in, and a free throw by Bryant hit the top of the backboard and dropped straight in.

    The Lakers weren't successful in stopping Williams' dribble penetration, allowing him to run off seven unanswered points that left the Jazz trailing 66-55 at halftime. Los Angeles shot 63 percent in the half, and the Jazz hit a respectable 60 percent.

    The Lakers shot a sizzling 86 percent in the opening quarter and took a 41-29 lead. As he did in Game 1, Bryant got his teammates involved first while he settled for a lone 3-pointer. He had seven of the Lakers' 14 assists in the first half. Andrew Bynum scored 10 points in the game's first eight minutes, giving him a career playoff high.

    Notes: Bryant was called for a technical foul with 24 seconds left. ... The Lakers lost Games 3 and 4 at Utah in last season's conference semifinals before winning the series 4-2. ... Los Angeles is 3-7 in its last 10 regular season games in Salt Lake City. ... Jack Nicholson celebrated his 72nd birthday, standing to acknowledge the cheering crowd. Also attending were Dustin Hoffman, Justin Timberlake (who enveloped girlfriend Jessica Biel in a long kiss and embrace when the arena's kiss cam landed on them), Andy Garcia, Dyan Cannon, George Lopez and PGA golfer Anthony Kim, Michelle Kwan, Golden State's Corey Maggette and Maria Shriver.


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    Check out Lakers Assistant Coach Frank Hamblem discuss what the Lakers need to concentrate on today's game against the Utah Jazz.

    LAKERS - JAZZ PREVIEW

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Phil Jackson wants a better sustained effort from the Lakers against the Utah Jazz. Not a repeat of the second half when Utah camped out at the free-throw line, scored inside and mucked up the flow.

    Sure, the Lakers won Sunday's series opener by 13 points, but they got outscored in the second half after leading by 22 at the break.

    Jackson was so displeased with the final 24 minutes that he wrote a message afterward in the locker room: ൗ? Not like that.'' He was referring to the team needing 15 more victories to win its first NBA championship since 2002.

    "We're not going to win 15 games if we play like that,'' Jackson said Monday. "This is a time of the season where you look for improvement.''

    The Jazz will be looking to end its 10-game losing skid at Staples Center in Game 2 Tuesday night. Utah coach Jerry Sloan questioned his team's nastiness after their loss, and he was still prodding them Monday.

    "You've got to get up and guard people,'' he said. "This is the playoffs. It's not the regular season. We're playing, to some extent, like it's a regular-season game. They're too good a team to play that way.''

    Carlos Boozer offered his interpretation of Sloan's demand for nastiness.

    "Our style is physical, in your face, scrappy, feisty, whatever you want to call it,'' he said. "We've got to make them feel that all night long.''

    Utah controlled the second half, outscoring the Lakers 60-51 although the Jazz never got closer than nine points twice.

    "I didn't like the way we carried ourselves at the end of the game and the start of the second half,'' Jackson said. "There's a tendency for this team when they do that to let up in the third quarter. I don't like that. It's about playing hard all the time and playing with purpose.''

    The Jazz's biggest impact came at the line, where Utah was 29-of-35, and the repeated trips slowed the game down.

    "You give a team free throws, then all of a sudden it stops the momentum and the game becomes choppy and they sneak back into the game,'' Kobe Bryant said. "From that point forward, it's an uphill battle to try to regain momentum. They kept getting to nine, 10, but they never were able to break through that and that was good execution on our part.''

    The Jazz scored 44 points in the paint Sunday despite the absence of center Mehmet Okur, who averages 17 points. He worked out on the sideline during Monday's practice, but the Jazz said it would be a game-time decision whether he can play with a strained right hamstring.

    "Mehmo does so much for our team,'' Boozer said. "He spreads the floor out. Not many centers step out and shoot 3s and bring the opposing center out of the paint. We're missing his offense. We're missing his presence out there.''

    The Jazz outrebounded the Lakers by eight, and held a 20-7 edge on the offensive boards, another stat that Jackson found irksome.

    "We could be doing a lot better, but a lot of that is because (Deron) Williams takes so much of an effort from our big guys,'' he said. "They're trying to stay in front of him because it's hard for our guards to stop that drive then it's leaving (Paul) Millsap and Boozer and other guys open opportunities to rebound the ball.''

    The Jazz's road struggles this season were well documented, but Utah is 28-81 away from home in franchise playoff games.

    "If we steal one tomorrow then the series is back in our favor, but no matter what, they've still got to come to Salt Lake,'' Boozer said.

    Williams had 16 points and a career playoff-high 17 assists while playing 45 minutes in the opener, and he's ready to go the full 48 Tuesday if need be.

    "It just all depends on how the game is going. If we're down 20 points at halftime, then I'm probably going to play most of the game,'' he said. "If we're hanging in there, Brev's (Brevin Knight) playing good and the second group is clicking, then he can probably afford to leave me out a little longer.''

    For his part, Bryant relishes the Jazz's physical style.

    "It's the same old Utah, they're just going to keep coming at you,'' he said. "It's East Coast-style basketball.''

    Jackson's teams have never lost a playoff series after winning Game 1, going 41-for-41 with Chicago and the Lakers.

    "We just don't want to be the team that (messes) it up,'' Bryant said.


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    LAKERS vs. UTAH IN THE POSTSEASON
    The Lakers and Jazz have met four times in the postseason (1988, 1997, 1998 and 2008) with Los Angeles advancing twice (1988 Western Conference Semifinals 4-3 and 2008 Western Conference Semifinals 4-2). Utah eliminated Los Angeles from the playoffs in two consecutive seasons: 1997 Western Conference Semifinals (1-4) and 1998 Western Conference Finals (0-4). In all four postseason meetings between the Jazz and Lakers, the team with home court advantage has won the series. Overall, the Lakers are 9-13 against the Jazz in postseason games, going 7-4 at home but just 2-9 on the road in Utah.

    LAKERS IN BEST-OF-SEVEN SERIES

  • The Lakers are 64-29 in best-of-seven series (any round) all-time. (58-28 Los Angeles, 6-1 Minneapolis)
  • The Lakers are 60-33 in Game 1 of best-of-seven series (any round) all-time. (56-30 Los Angeles, 4-3 Minneapolis)
  • When winning Game 1 of a best-of-seven series (any round), the Lakers are 53-7. (49-7 Los Angeles, 4-0 Minneapolis)
  • When losing Game 1 of a best-of-seven series (any round), the Lakers are 11-22 all-time. (9-21 Los Angeles, 2-1 Minneapolis)
  • The Lakers are 53-40 in Game 2 of best-of-seven series (any round) all-time. (50-36 Los Angles, 3-4 Minneapolis)
  • When splitting Games 1 and 2 of a best-of-seven series (any round), the Lakers are 25-12 all-time. (20-12 Los Angeles, 5-0 Minneapolis)
  • When losing Games 1 and 2 of a best-of-seven series (any round), the Lakers are 2-16 all-time. (2-15 Los Angeles, 0-1 Minneapolis)
  • When winning both Games 1 and 2 of a best-of-seven series (any round), the Lakers are 37-1 all-time. (36-1 Los Angeles, 1-0 Minneapolis)

    OPENING ROUND HISTORY
    (Los Angeles era only) The Lakers have opened the Playoffs in the FIRST Round 37 times and in the SECOND round on seven occasions (1962, 63, 65, 66, 80, 82, 83) since moving to Los Angeles prior to the 1960-61 season. The Lakers have won 34-of-44 opening playoff series over that span and are 128-66 (.660) in opening round games. In Game 1’s of their first postseason series, the Lakers are 32-12. When the Lakers have had home-court advantage in the opening round, they have posted a 31-2 series record. When winning Game 1 in the opening round, the Lakers have a series record of 31-1. Their lone loss came to the Phoenix Suns (2-3) in 1993. When falling behind 0-1 in the opening round, the Lakers are 3-9.

    HOW RUNNER-UPS HAVE FARED THE NEXT SEASON
    Since the NBA’s inaugural season in 1946-47, nine of 62 runner-ups in the NBA Finals have followed their near-championship season by winning the NBA Finals. Among the other 53 teams, 11 lost in the NBA Finals, 10 lost in the Conference Finals, 19 lost in the Conference Semifinals, eight lost in the First Round and five failed to make the playoffs. The 1987-88 Detroit Pistons are the last team to win an NBA Championship following a loss in the previous year’s Finals. The Lakers have rebounded from a Finals to defeat to win the following season’s NBA Championship once in 1983-84 and have lost back-to-back Finals five times.

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