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2009 NBA Playoffs: First Round, Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz, Game 2

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2009 NBA Playoffs First Round
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz

Utah Jazz

Series Index:

Game 1: Lakers 113, Jazz 100 at L.A.   Game recap & pictures
Game 2: Lakers 119, Jazz 109 at L.A. Game recap & pictures
Game 3: Jazz 88, Lakers 86 at Utah   Game recap & pictures
Game 4: Lakers 108, Jazz 94 at Utah   Game recap & pictures
Game 5: Lakers 107, Jazz 96 at L.A.   Game recap & pictures

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Los Angeles Lakers 2 - 0 Utah Jazz

GAME 2: L.A. Lakers 119 - 109 Utah Jazz

Lakers have to fight until the end, again.

Leaders Points Rebounds Assists
Lakers Bryant: 26 Bryant/Gasol: 6 Bryant/Ariza: 9
Jazz Williams: 35 Boozer: 10 Williams: 9
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Tot
LAL 41 25 23 30 119
Utah 29 26 23 31 109
click for Lakers 2009 Playoff pictures (LA Times), First Round vs. Utah Jazz Game 2
Picture Gallery (LAT)

April 21 - STAPLES CENTER - LOS ANGELES. Despite their great effectivity in the first quarter the Lakers saw their big lead slip away and had to fight until the final minute of the game to get a 119-109 victory over Utah and a 2-0 lead in their first round series.

Kobe Bryant led his team by assisting his teammates in the first half and scoring in the second to end with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists, Pau Gasol added 22 points while Deron Williams was a problem for the Lakers with his 35 points that included six 3-pointers. He also ended with 9 assists and 7 turnovers.

The Lakers started on fire making 18 of 21 shots (85.7%) in the first quarter to build a 41-29 lead. Gasol and Lamar Odom combined for 19 points in the period without missing a shot. And the lead grew to 66-46 with 1:50 left in the second quarter but Utah scored the next 14 points in a run that carried over into the third quarter

Although the Jazz never led in the game in the third quarter they closed within six points 7 times until in the final 2:27, Kobe scored 6 consecutive points and assisted Shannon Brown for a 3-pointer that gave L.A. an 89-78 margin to enter the fourth. At the end of the game Carlos Boozer scored 5 consecutive points to leave the Jazz trailing just 109-106 with 3:18 to go but Odom answered with a fastbreak layup. Gasol missed two free throws but Kobe made a 21-footer from the left corner and later assisted Ariza for a 3-pointer to put the game out of reach for Utah

Lamar Odom had 19 points coming from the bench and Ariza 13 points making all his 3-point attempts and 9 assists. Boozer added 20 points and 10 rebounds for Utah.

It was Phil Jackson's 195th career postseason win, the most of any coach in NBA history

The Quotes

Phil Jackson (LAL Coach): "It was an offensive display, not always great ballhandling, but a lot of scoring, that was a trial out there and they threw some new things at us."

Kobe Bryant (Lakers): “We’re not thinking about it being over at all. We’re thinking about Game 3.”

Andrew Bynum (Lakers): "Thursday's a very, very big game for us. The calls are going to go a lot more their way because it's their house. Their fans are going to get into it, and we can't turn the ball over so many times."

Highlights

Los Angeles Lakers Utah Jazz
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl
Kobe Bryant 26 6 9 2 -
Pau Gasol 22 6 1 - 2
Lamar Odom 19 3 - - -
Trevor Ariza 13 4 9 2 -
Shannon Brown 12 - 2 1 -
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl
Deron Williams 35 4 9 4 2
Carlos Boozer 20 10 1 2 -
Ronnie Brewer 14 1 4 2 -
Paul Milsap 13 7 3 2 2
Kyle Korver 12 - 3 - 1

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