Lakers Gameday | 04/25/09 | Lakers 108, Jazz 94

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Los Angeles Lakers 20 40 28 20 108
Utah Jazz 25 28 16 25 94

Lakers Game Leaders
Kobe Bryant Kobe Bryant
38 Points
Field Goals: 16 of 24
FG: 67%
Lamar OdomLamar Odom
15 Rebounds
Defensive: 2
Offensive: 13
Lamar Odom
Lamar Odom
6 Assists
10 Points
Turnovers: 1
Lamar OdomLamar Odom
10 Points
15 Rebounds


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  • 24 - It was all about he who wore that jersey number.
    --Mike Trudell,

    Los Angeles Lakers Utah Jazz

    Derek Fisher
    D. Fisher

    Kobe Bryant
    K. Bryant

    Trevor Ariza
    T. Ariza

    Pau Gasol
    P. Gasol

    Andrew Bynum
    A. Bynum

    Deron Williams
    D. Williams

    Ronnie Brewer
    R. Brewer

    A. Kirilenko

    Carlos Boozer
    C. Boozer

    M. Okur

    Lakers Gameday Articles and Updates
    Bryant's back: Lakers beat Jazz 108-94

    SALT LAKE CITY(AP) Kobe Bryant followed his worst shooting game in years by scoring 38 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 108-94 win over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night and a 3-1 series advantage.

    Bryant, who was 16-for-24, scored Los Angeles' first 11 points and once his teammates joined in, the Lakers overwhelmed the Jazz and moved within one game of advancing to the second round.

    Lamar Odom had 10 points and 15 rebounds and Pau Gasol added 13 points for the Lakers, who host Game 5 on Monday night.

    Deron Williams had 23 points and 13 assists and Carlos Boozer also scored 23 and pulled down 16 rebounds for Utah.

    The Jazz won Game 3 on Thursday, holding Bryant to a 5-for-24 shooting night and 18 points.

    That got Utah within 2-1 in the series, but also stirred Bryant and the Jazz paid for it Saturday.

    The Lakers staggered the Jazz with 40 points in the second quarter, then completed the knockout in the third with defense, holding Utah to just 16 points. The Jazz hurt themselves by going 2-for-6 from the foul line and were outrebounded 15-8 and the Lakers stretched the lead to 19.

    Utah got within five twice early in the third, then Bryant and the Lakers smothered the comeback. Bryant scored six during an 8-2 run, hitting two jumpers and adding two free throws to put the Lakers up 72-61 with 7:54 left in the period. The Jazz missed from outside and never were able to establish much in the lane. When the Jazz did get inside, they missed and didn't get the foul calls they wanted.

    Shannon Brown's two free throws with 25 seconds left gave the Lakers an 88-69 lead at the end of three, giving Utah's usually-rowdy fans little to cheer in the fourth.

    The Lakers first silenced the crowd in the second period, making 12 of their first 18 shots and finished the period 14-for-20, outscoring the Jazz 40-28 while taking a 60-53 halftime lead.

    Luke Walton, Sasha Vujacic and Brown made consecutive 3-pointers for the Lakers during a 9-2 spurt that put Los Angeles ahead 36-34 while Bryant rested on the bench. Bryant returned with 7:02 left in the second and led the Lakers on a 7-2 run, slipping in a reverse layup after a turnover to put the Lakers ahead 43-36 and prompting a timeout by Utah with 5:10 left.

    Utah managed to cut it to 60-53 at halftime. Williams made two foul shots with 3.9 seconds left, then Boozer tipped Walton's long inbounds pass back to Williams, who drove for a layup and drew a foul on Walton with 0.2 seconds left. Williams made the free throw and the Lakers' lead was down to seven points after standing at 12 just four seconds earlier.

    Center Mehmet Okur returned for Utah in his first game since straining his right hamstring April 13 and was obviously rusty after the layoff, finishing with two rebounds and no points.

    Notes: Bryant was 6-for-8 in first quarter, scoring 13 to keep the Lakers close. ... Fisher was the first Laker other than Bryant to score, hitting a 20-footer with 4:54 left in the first quarter. ... Andrei Kirilenko had 15 points and Kyle Korver scored 12 for Utah.

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    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Instead of tapering off, the Los Angeles Lakers' shooting plummeted.

    The defense and rebounding seemed to follow, and instead of being on the verge of a sweep, the Lakers hold only a 2-1 lead in their first-round series against Utah.

    The Jazz rallied from a 13-point deficit and won 88-86 on Thursday, taking advantage of the first shooting woes the Lakers have had this postseason. Game 4 is Saturday night in Utah, where the Lakers are just 2-10 all-time in playoff games.

    "It's a chance for us to come into this building and win a game after playing very bad in that last one,'' Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said after practice Friday.

    Bryant went just 5-for-24 on Thursday, never really recovering after missing his first six shots. It was that kind of night for the Lakers, who made just 32 of 87 attempts.

    The Lakers didn't expect to maintain their 58 percent shooting from the first two games, but did little to compensate when they finally went cold. The Jazz were then quickest to the ball for the many bounces off the rim.

    "They let themselves back into the series - playing hard, playing the right way,'' Bryant said.

    Bryant was quite complimentary of Utah's performance, crediting the Jazz several times for their composure in the come-from-behind victory.

    All compliments aside, the Jazz know they could be in for a reinvigorated Bryant on Saturday after angering the 2008 league MVP by shutting him down.

    "When you think that you're doing a job on him, wait until you play him next time,'' Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "I'm sure he'll come back. That's what guys like that do. They don't sit around and feel sorry for themselves. He's a veteran player that knows how to kill you.''

    If Bryant and the Lakers can find something in between the way they shot in the first two games and their performance in Game 3, they are confident they can get out of Utah with a win and be in position to clinch the series when it returns to Los Angeles.

    They nearly got a victory Thursday after opening the third quarter 10-for-15 and outscoring Utah 29-17 in the period.

    "When we got back into the ballgame and took the lead decisively, we let down our guard,'' Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "We stopped playing the kind of defense that got us in that position and let them back in.''

    The Jazz were hopeful that center Mehmet Okur could be back in the lineup Saturday after missing the first three games of the series with a strained right hamstring. Okur was able to practice on Friday and his status for Game 4 depended on how his hamstring felt Saturday.

    The 6-foot-11 Okur would be a welcome addition inside, where the Jazz have had a difficult time stopping the taller Lakers.

    Although relieved not to be facing a 3-0 deficit, the Jazz know going back to Los Angeles down 3-1 wouldn't be a whole lot better. Utah made many of the same mistakes it made in the first two games and could easily have lost Thursday.

    "We didn't play well at all. Kobe's not going to go 5-for-24 again,'' point guard Deron Williams said.

    Williams had his own shooting struggles in Game 3, making Utah's comeback all the more improbable. He had carried the Jazz through the first two games, keeping Los Angeles from running away with either by averaging 25.5 points and 13 assists, but could not crack the Lakers' defense most of the night.

    Williams still ended up winning the game for the Jazz on a 14-foot jumper with 2.2 seconds left.

    "They had a chance to put us away,'' said Carlos Boozer, who tied a team playoff record with 22 rebounds in Thursday's win. "They gave us opportunities to get back into the game and we took them. We were down by 13 and we fought back and won.''

    The Lakers had double-digit leads in the first two games of the series, too, and were able to hold off the Jazz in both. This time Utah finally completed the rally despite getting manhandled in the third quarter.

    The Jazz were somewhat relieved on Friday, both for beating the Lakers for the first time in the series and they way they did it.

    "We had a drop-off in our effort to start the third quarter,'' Sloan said. "We won the ballgame. That's the main thing, but still the effort has to be there.''

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    Sometimes it’s the most basic plays that kill you. Late in Game 3 Utah simply ran some of their early offense sequences – which they call “POWER” and POWER SWING – to get good scoring opportunities. The post up situations for Boozer came out of this action and we will need to do a better job of defending these if we want to win tonight. Power starts with the wings running hard and crossing under the basket and coming out flat to the corner at first. As this is happening the first big down – usually Boozer – will sprint the lane and try and seal his man so the Jazz point guard can hit the man coming out to the corner and then they can go corner into the post. If that doesn’t happen then the wings who crossed can come up to the wing and that is what they did on the late game post ups for Boozer. As the man who feeds the ball to Boozer cuts after making his pass, all five of our defenders must be alert and active in regards to our specific defensive gameplan. If they don’t feed Boozer in the post that is when it becomes a POWER SWING as the ball is swung to the other side and Utah starts a flex offensive pattern. We should be very familiar with this action tonight and our defense should be stronger. ** The attached diagram has them running it on the left side – like all of their offense it can be run to either side – Boozer likes the post ups on the right side.

    The other main difference that we expect tonight is the return of Mehmet Okur. His three point shooting spreads the floor for the Jazz and impacts how we can rotate on our screen and roll coverage. He loves to trail into a three point shot in transition. He is also very dangerous in the pick and pop situations.


    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 11-14 against the Jazz in postseason games, going 9-4 at home but just 2-10 on the road in Utah.

    With 18 points 4/23 at Utah, Kobe Bryant (3,754) moved within two points of passing Hakeem Olajuwon (3,755) for 8th 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 all-time
    NBA list are John Havlicek (7th/3,776) and 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 (24.2).

    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.


  • 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)

    (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.

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