April 25 - STAPLES CENTER - LOS ANGELES. After misfiring badly in game 3, Kobe Bryant scored the Lakers' first 11 points to set the tone of a 108-94 L.A. victory at Utah. The Lakers lead the series 3-1 and return to L.A. to try to finish it on Monday.
In the second quarter the Lakers scored 40 points, including a 20-2 run that turned a 7-point deficit into a lead they never gave up.
Kobe finished with 38 points on 16-for-24 shooting. By halftime he had scored 24 making 10 of his 13 attempts and the Lakers were leading 60-53.
Utah got within 5 twice early in the third but the Lakers played good defense and limited the Jazz to 16 points in the quarter to basically end the game. Utah's fans were leaving midway throughout the fourth of what could be their final home gome of this 2008-09 season.
Andrew Bynum who was thought to be a key piece for the Lakers hasn't helped much so far and despite a couple of good games to end the season, his timing looks off and he has picked up so many quick fouls against the Jazz. That's why he was benched by coach Phil Jackson who put him on the floor just 7 minutes (2 points, 1 rebound). Pau Gasol playing center had 13 points and 10 rebounds while Lamar Odom returned to the starting lineup and was productive with 10 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists.
Deron Williams had 23 points and 13 assists and Carlos Boozer also scored 23 and pulled down 16 rebounds for the Jazz..