The Lakers were playing just like if they were trying to avoid getting swept instead of playing as if they were just completing a best of seven win against another team. Los Angeles were ahead in the scoreboard by 22 points in the first quarter, and then Utah retake control of the game for a while until the Lakers made a great comeback in the fourth and won the game by 111-96 yesterday night.
The victory allowed the Lakers to make it to the western conference finals for the 3rd straight season, and denied Utah the possibility of extending the series against the current NBA champions thanks to a great display of basketball in the second in the last 3 quarters of the game, limiting the Jazz to only seventeen points during the second period.
For Los Angeles, Pau Gasol was the top scorer with 33 and fourteen rebounds, while Kobe Bryant fell short one point of that figure as he finished the game with 32, Shannon Brown contributed with twelve and Lamar Odom with 10.
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For the Jazz, Deron Williams had 21 points and 9 assists, while teammate Carlos Boozer only had ten and fourteen rebounds, C.J. Miles added fifteen, Wesley Mathews had twelve, Paul Millsap finished with 21 points, and Kyrylo Fesenko managed to end up with twelve rebounds.
This is the first time in 21 years that Utah gets swept in the postseason (the last one was in 1989 against the Golden State Warriors), in a series that could have been quite different for the Jazz if the clock would have allowed it, as they finished the first 3 matches of the best of seven with single digit defeats, which means that they were close to make it, but they simply could not stop the NBA champions from making it to the conference finals.
Coach Phil Jackson was actually very pleased with what he saw on the court, as in his opinion, this is the first time in the postseason that the Lakers actually look quite consistent as they forced their will on their opponent.
Fans of the Jazz were seeing leaving EnergySolutions Arena early in the game, while at the same time “sweep, sweep” chants from a crowd of Los Angeles fans were heard.
Now the Lakers are going to meet the Suns, in a best of 7 series where Phoenix will have the chance of knowing down the champs.
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