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NBA Playoff Recap – Western Conference Semifinal, Game 2

(1) L.A. Lakers 111, (5) Utah 103 – Lakers lead series, 2-0



The Los Angeles Lakers continue to toy with the Utah Jazz.  Following the same tune as Game 1, the Lakers jumped on the Jazz early, allowed a second-half rally, and subsequently put down the uprising in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter.  Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 30 points to pace Los Angeles to a commanding 2-0 series advantage. 

The Lakers used their tremendous size advantage to push around the overmatched Jazz.  The frontcourt threesome of Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, and Lamar Odom combined to score 50 points, pull down 44 rebounds, 13 of which were on the offensive glass, and block 7 shots.  Los Angeles dominated the glass, outrebounding Utah 58 to 40.

Utah, which was trying to win in Los Angeles for the first time in 15 chances, got off to a better first-quarter start than in Game 1 but was unable to hold off the L.A. second-stanza onslaught.  The Lakers stretched their lead to as many as 15 during the second quarter.  By halftime Los Angeles had scored on a staggering 12 layups and five dunks.  The painted area was definitely Los Angeles territory. 

Utah’s Paul Millsap singlehandedly kept his squad in the game during the second quarter.  The reserve Utah forward scored 14 points and picked up a number of offensive rebounds to keep Utah alive.  Despite being dominated in every facet of the game, Utah was down by only 12 at the break.

Despite Bryant’s 13 third-quarter points, the two squads played to a standstill. In the fourth, the Utah bench was key again in bringing the Jazz back into contention. Given a lift by his teammates, starter Carlos Boozer then scored on back-to-back possessions to bring the Jazz within four points with just five minutes remaining.  Just when it seemed the Jazz were ready to make a real game of Game 2, the Lakers put a champion’s stamp on the proceedings. 

The Lakers outmuscled and outmatched the Jazz on both sides of the ball down the stretch.  Utah shot a paltry 1 for 11 in the final four minutes, while the Lakers went on 7-2 run to push their lead to nine with about two minutes remaining.  For all of the grit and determination showed by Utah during the first two games of the series, it has nothing to show for it.  Los Angeles, on the other hand, looks every bit like the team who raised the championship banner just under a year ago.

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By: Zach Bloxham
Pro Basketball Fans Guest Writer

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