Lakers Gameday | 04/27/09 | Lakers 107, Jazz 96

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Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Utah Jazz 26 17 20 33 96
Los Angeles Lakers 26 30 26 25 107
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Lakers Game Leaders
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Kobe Bryant Kobe Bryant
31 Points
Field Goals: 10 of 21
FG: 48%
Lamar OdomLamar Odom
15 Rebounds
Defensive: 5
Offensive: 10
Pau Gasol Pau Gasol
4 Assists
17 Points
Turnovers: 1
Kobe BryantKobe Bryant
+18
31 Points
4 Steals

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  • 95 - Points put up by L.A.’s starters. Derek Fisher, with nine points, was the only starter not to hit double digits.
  • 40.2 - Utah’s shooting percentage, including a 4-for-12 effort from Deron Williams, who finished with only 14 points. Paul Millsap was Utah’s most effective scoring option, as he made 6-of-11 shots for a team high 16 points.
  • 22 - L.A.'s biggest lead, which came early in the fourth quarter.
  • 7 - Kobe Bryant’s ranking on the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list. In the first round, Bryant passed both Hakeem Olajuwon and John Havlicek, and now has 3,786 postseason points.
  • 6 - Assists for Deron Williams, half of what he’d been averaging coming into Game 5.
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  • STARTERS
    Los Angeles Lakers Utah Jazz
    Guard
    Derek Fisher
    D. Fisher
    Guard
    Kobe Bryant
    K. Bryant
    Forward
    Trevor Ariza
    T. Ariza
    Forward
    Lamar Odom
    L. Odom
    Center
    Pau Gasol
    P. Gasol
    Guard
    Deron Williams
    D. Williams
    Guard
    Ronnie Brewer
    R. Brewer
    Forward
    andrei_kirilenko
    A. Kirilenko
    Forward
    Carlos Boozer
    C. Boozer
    Center
    mehmet_okur
    M. Okur

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    Bryant, Lakers close out Jazz with 107-96 win

    LOS ANGELES(AP) Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers are moving on in the NBA playoffs - as if that was really in doubt.

    With Bryant making everything from 3-pointers to a fadeaway jumper while falling on his backside, the Lakers ran away from the Utah Jazz on Monday night, winning 107-96 to finish the opening-round series in five games.

    Bryant scored 31 points and Lamar Odom had 26 points and 15 rebounds for the Lakers, who earned several days of rest before meeting the winner of the Portland-Houston series.

    The Lakers didn't want to have to go back to Salt Lake City, the site of their Game 3 collapse and their Game 4 bounceback.

    "I think we had a first-round opponent that was much tougher this year than we did last year,'' Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "I'm not discounting the present Denver team when I talk about last year's Denver team, but we were able to kind of do what we wanted to do with them and were able to sweep them 4-0.

    "I think it will prep us for what we have to do as we go along. We don't want to get ahead of ourselves.''

    It was a disappointing end for a Jazz team that had high expectations.

    "Injuries kind of affected us and we really weren't able to ever get into a rhythm,'' Utah's Deron Williams said. "We kind of headed downhill toward the playoffs and we just really didn't get the type of effort we needed to win a series.''

    Although it wasn't the most artistic game at times, the Lakers got the shots to fall when they needed them most.

    If there was any question that this was going to be the Lakers' night on their home court, Bryant answered that in the closing seconds of the first half.

    He drove the lane and passed to Pau Gasol. The ball was batted loose and Bryant grabbed it, turned and sank a fadeaway jumper as he fell on his rear end, giving the Lakers a 56-43 halftime lead.

    By late in the third quarter, the Lakers were toying with the Jazz. Bryant made a layup, hit a 3-pointer and fed Gasol for a slam dunk. Odom added a bucket and just like that it was 80-58.

    The crowd spent the ensuing timeout cheering the celebrities shown on the big screen at Staples Center - John McEnroe, Dustin Hoffman, Glenn Frey and, of course, Jack Nicholson.

    The Jazz cut the lead to 93-86 with 4:37 left but Bryant hit a turnaround jumper and Odom finished a fast break with a slam dunk to fend off Utah's late run.

    "We're happy that we got the win but, but I don't think we're happy about how we won so we have to pay attention and stay focused on closing games out,'' Lakers forward Trevor Ariza said.

    Paul Millsap led Utah with 16 points while Andrei Kirilenko and Williams had 14 apiece.

    Gasol had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Ariza 12 points for the Lakers.

    The Lakers weren't particularly sharp in the first quarter, and the Jazz held on for a 26-all tie.

    But when the Jazz took out Williams starting the second quarter, the Lakers went on an 8-0 that put them ahead for good. Odom and Bryant each hit a 3-pointer and Bryant made two free throws for a 34-26 lead.

    Notes: Ariza started for the Lakers and didn't appear bothered by the ankle he sprained during warmups before Game 4 on Saturday night. The news isn't so good about Luke Walton - he's out for at least one week with a partial ligament tear in his left ankle. ... This was the final game for Jazz broadcaster "Hot'' Rod Hundley, who is retiring after his long career. Hundley has been broadcasting Jazz games since they were an expansion team playing in New Orleans in 1974. He made the move to Utah with the rest of the club in 1979. A former star at West Virginia, the 74-year-old Hundley played six NBA seasons for the Lakers before he retired in 1963. Hundley was acknowledged by the PA announcer during a timeout in the fourth quarter and received a nice ovation from the crowd.


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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) Re-energized by their dominating Game 4 victory, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers have plenty of motivation to close out the Utah Jazz at home on Monday night.

    "It's very important. I love Utah, but I'd rather not see it again until next year,'' Bryant said Sunday at the team's suburban practice gym. "We've got to be ready.''

    The Lakers took a 3-1 lead by overwhelming the Jazz 108-94 on Saturday night in Salt Lake City. Bryant scored the Lakers' first 11 points and finished with 38. Two nights earlier he was an unsightly 5-for-24 as the Lakers blew a 13-point lead in the third quarter and lost 88-86.

    Although the Lakers trailed after the first quarter on Saturday night, they stunned the Jazz with 40 points in the second quarter, then held Utah to just 16 points in the third.

    Pau Gasol said the Lakers need to play with that mentality the whole game Monday night.

    "You come out really aggressive, don't give them any life, any hope,'' Gasol said. "Really start hard, set the tone early. Control the game. Make the game yours. That's what we're going to try to do. We're going to try to close the series and move on.''

    Utah's Deron Williams knows what will be waiting for the Jazz at Staples Center on Monday night, when the Lakers will be trying to earn several days of rest.

    "It's going to be tough,'' he said. "They're going to try to come out and blow us away early. We've just got to show some heart and some toughness and come out and give ourselves a shot to win the basketball game.''

    Carlos Boozer said Utah will have to play like it did in Game 3, when it let the Lakers jump to a 13-point lead in the third quarter, then rallied as the Lakers went cold.

    "We came out and attacked them defensively,'' Boozer said. "It's a tall task. They're a very good home team.

    "I believe that if we - 1 through 15 - come with it defensively and share the ball offensively like we usually do, we'll have a chance to win the game. We just have to come with the mentality that we have nothing to lose. It's all or nothing.''

    Then again, if Bryant is as determined as he was on Saturday night, the Jazz could be in trouble.

    "You could see it in his eyes with the way he came out,'' Williams said. "He didn't say anything to anybody. He didn't shake anybody's hands. You just knew he was ready.''

    Bryant, who shot 16-for-24 in Game 4, said he knew he had to be more aggressive "right after Game 3. I felt like I needed to get going a little bit and put teams on their heels a little bit more.''

    Bryant said he changed his game a little by getting closer to the basket.

    "I was operating in a space where it was harder for them to double-team me. I wasn't 30 feet from the basket. I was getting good screens, getting the ball in the deep post position and operating from there.

    "I'm going to continue to be aggressive,'' he said. "If they trap and double-team, then I'll give my guys the ball that way.''

    Bryant said there will be a different energy on Monday night "because you're close to closing out a very tough series.''

    The big win Saturday night "gives us confidence because we see what we're capable of doing in beating Utah by, like 15 points, when we were up 20 for a big part of the game,'' Gasol said. "We know the potential of this team. Everybody, I think, knows. They might question us sometimes, but that's OK. We know what we're here for. We're just trying to move on and get close to our goal.''

    The Jazz will be trying to force the series to a Game 6 on Thursday night in Salt Lake City.

    "The series is not over,'' Williams said. "We've still got a little hope. We know it's going to be tough to win three in a row against these guys, but we should be playing free and loose because nobody expects us to win.''

    Lakers coach Phil Jackson said he's more confident about Trevor Ariza's sprained ankle than he is about Luke Walton's sprained ankle.

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    AP Sports Writer Doug Alden in Salt Lake City contributed to this report.


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    LAKERS SCOUTING REPORT

    A game is not won or lost on a single play in the second quarter but one play can swing the momentum and flow of the game. We were struggling and down seven when Luke Walton hit a three point basket from the corner. This sparked us on a run to the lead and following a couple more three point buckets, Jazz coach Jerry Sloan took a timeout. Coming out of that timeout the crowd was trying to supply their hometown team with the energy to take back the lead. A big play out of this timeout could have put a halt to our run and swung the momentum back in the favor of Utah. Utah came out and ran a play they call “45”. There are a few options to this play but after timeouts in crucial situations they like to run it with a back pick for a lob and dunk. The lob pass was deflected and the play thwarted. It was just one play out of approximately 100 possessions that night for Utah but instead of the Jazz crowd exploding after a dunk we kept them quiet and went on to assume control of the game.

    There are some teams who will roll over when faced with a 3-1 deficit in a series. Obviously the Jazz are not one of those teams. We fully expect the Jazz to come in to Staples Center and play with the urgency that the situation dictates. We must play with more fire. There are still plenty of areas where we can improve our performance in this series. We need to do a better job on the boards. Our screen and roll defense can be better. On the offensive end they started double teaming Kobe a little bit more in game four so we must maintain our spacing and be ready to knock down open shots when we get them. If we bring the correct mental and physical energy tonight and improve in these areas we will be able to close out this series. If not, it will be back to Salt Lake City for game 6 Thursday.


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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 postseasons: 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 now 12-14 against the Jazz in postseason games, going 9-4 at home but just 3-10 on the road in Utah.

    BRYANT PASSES HAKEEM OLAJUWON AND JOHN HAVLICEK FOR 7TH ON NBA ALL-TIME PLAYOFF SCORING LIST
    With 38 points 4/25 at Utah, Kobe Bryant (3,792) moved past Hakeem Olajuwon (3,755) and John Havlicek (3,776) for 7th on the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list. In Game 1 on April 19, Bryant passed Magic Johnson (3,701) for 9th on the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list and 3rd on the Lakers franchise playoff scoring list. In moving past Johnson, only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (4,070) and Jerry West (4,457) have scored more points in a Lakers uniform during the playoffs than Bryant. Next up on the alltime NBA list is Larry Bird (6th/3,897). Among all players with 2,500+ postseason points, only Michael Jordan (33.4), Jerry West (29.1), Elgin Baylor (27.0), Hakeem Olajuwon (25.9), Shaquille O’Neal (25.2), Karl Malone (24.7) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (24.3) have a higher postseason scoring average than Bryant (24.3).

    CLOSING IT OUT
    With a 3-1 series lead entering Game 5 at STAPLES Center, the Lakers have the opportunity to close out their First Round series with Utah and advance to the Western Conference Semifinals. The Lakers have closed out their opponent on the first attempt 14 times in their last 16 opportunities dating back to 2001. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers have closed out their opponent on the first attempt 14 times in 20 overall opportunities including a streak of 11 consecutive series close-outs on the FIRST try spanning the First Round of the 2001 Playoffs through the 2004 Western Conference Finals. Overall, under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are now 19-10 in close-out games. The Lakers have won 24 of their last 25 series when holding the opportunity to close-out at any point. Their last series loss when having a close-out game came in 2006 when the Lakers squandered a 3-1 series lead against the Phoenix Suns. Prior to that, the Lakers had not lost a series when having a close-out game since the 1993 First Round vs. Phoenix in which they led 2-0 before losing the next three. 7

    LAKERS POST DOUBLE FIGURES IN PLAYOFFS AND LAKERS SHOOT .600 FROM FIELD FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1990
    In their 119-109 Game 2 victory 4/21 vs. Utah, seven Lakers scored in double-figures AND the Lakers shot 60 percent or better in the playoffs (.600) for the first time in nearly 19 years. In the Lakers 109-88 victory in Houston 5/3/90, James Worthy (20 points) led seven players in double-figures while the Lakers as a team shot .611 from the field. Magic Johnson (19), Vlade Divac (18), Byron Scott (15), Mychal Thompson (12), Orlando Woolridge (12) and A.C. Green (11) all scored 10+ points in the win.

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