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2010 NBA Playoffs: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz, Western Conference Semifinals, Game 1

Information about game 1 of the L.A. Lakers vs. Utah Jazz series in the 2010 NBA Playoffs, with score, recap, pictures, stats, highlights, quotes and Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol performance.

Los Angeles Lakers

2010 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz

Utah Jazz

Series Index:

Game 1: Lakers 104, Jazz 99 at Los Angeles Game recap & pictures
Game 2: Lakers 111, Jazz 103 at Los Angeles   Game recap & pictures
Game 3: Lakers 111, Jazz 110 at Utah   Game recap & pictures
Game 4: Lakers 111, Jazz 96 at Utah   Game recap & pictures

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Los Angeles Lakers 1 - 0 Utah Jazz

GAME 1: L.A. Lakers 104 - Utah Jazz 99

Leaders Points Rebounds Assists
Lakers Bryant: 31 Gasol: 12 Gasol/Bryant: 4
Jazz Williams: 24 Boozer: 12 Williams: 8
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Tot
LAL 30 23 28 23 104
Utah 23 22 28 26 99
click for Lakers 2010 Playoff pictures (LA Daily News), Western Conference Semifinals vs. Utah Jazz Game 1
Picture Gallery (LAT)

May 2 - Staples Center, Los Angeles - Kobe Bryant scored 13 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, including 11 in the final four minutes to allow his team to beat the Utah Jazz 104-99 in the first game of their Western Conference Semifinal series.

Pau Gasol also had a good game with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocked shots for the Lakers that led for most of the first three quarters and entered the fourth leading 81-73. But with Bynum as the only starter on the floor the Jazz used 6 points by Paul Millsap to go on a 8-1 run and get to 81-82. Phil Jackson sent his first unit back into the game with 7:31 left but Utah still scored the next 4 points to take an 85-82 lead.

With 4 minutes remaining the Jazz still had a 4 point lead but then Kobe scored the next 7 for the Lakers to regain control of the game. They also played good defense and allowed Utah just one field goal in those final four minutes.

In the absence of a high scoring wing to defend Ron Artest was sent after point guard Deron Williams in multiple occasions. Williams, despite being bothered by a injured elbow, scored 24 points and dished 8 assists for the Jazz showing why he's considered one of the best point guards in the league. Carlos Boozer added 18 points and 12 rebounds.

In the final game against the Thunder Andrew Bynum suffered a small tear in some cartilage in his right knee and will have to undergo surgery but he decided to postpone it until the summer. This is not a new injury since he had been playing pain-free with a smaller tear in the area that worsened slightly when he sustained a hyper-extended knee in that game. Against Utah the Lakers center was obviously limited on his speed and jump but contributed 8 points and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes. This situation made more room for Lamar Odom who had a couple of key plays at the end including a big block and later an offensive rebound followed by two points that gave the Lakers a 98-95 lead with 49 seconds left.

The Jazz eliminated Denver in the first round but they have many injury problems including Andrei Kirilenko still sidelined with a strained left calf and center Mehmet Okur who is out for the rest of the playoffs.

Phil Jackson won his 103rd playoff game coaching Los Angeles to pass Pat Riley for the franchise lead. The teams coached by him are 45-0 in playoff series after winning the first game, and that includes 21-0 with the Lakers.

The Quotes

Kobe Bryant (Lakers): ""It was tough. But when it got really tough for me, I just checked myself in."

Pau Gasol (Lakers): "We want to make sure we work and we put more effort into keeping leads and building on leads and stretching the games out. It's always a little bit frustrating when you lose leads and you're on the bench and you can't do anything. It happens hopefully not very often, but we got stagnant. Guys weren't sharp out there."

Deron Williams (Jazz): "It is kind of repetitive. We had a chance to win this game, but we couldn't make the plays down the stretch. Kobe made some unbelievable shots, and that was pretty much it."

Highlights

Los Angeles Lakers Utah Jazz
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Kobe Bryant 31 3 4 - -  
Pau Gasol 25 12 4 1 5 5 TO
Derek Fisher 10 3 3 5 -  
Lamar Odom 9 12 2 - 2  
Andrew Bynum 8 10 2 - -  
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Deron Williams 24 - 8 1 1  
Carlos Boozer 18 12 4 1 -  
Paul Millsap 16 9 3 1 -  
C.J. Miles 16 3 3 2 -  
Wesley Matthews 14 7 2 3 -  

Complete Boxscore

UTAH JAZZ
Starters Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
C.J. Miles, SF 41 4-12 1-5 7-8 0 3 3 2 0 0 2 5 -4 16
Carlos Boozer, PF 39 9-17 0-0 0-0 6 6 12 4 1 0 4 4 -7 18
Kyrylo Fesenko, C 13 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 2
Wesley Matthews, G 34 5-12 2-4 2-2 1 6 7 2 3 0 3 4 -7 14
Deron Williams, PG 39 7-15 2-5 8-10 0 0 0 8 1 1 1 1 -12 24
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Paul Millsap, PF 35 8-18 0-1 0-0 2 7 9 3 1 0 1 3 -7 16
Kyle Korver, SG 21 3-5 0-1 1-1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 +3 7
Kosta Koufos, C 9 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 1 0 0 +2 0
Ronnie Price, PG 9 1-3 0-2 0-0 1 2 3 3 2 0 0 2 +7 2
Mehmet Okur, C DNP RUPTURED LEFT ACHILLES
Sundiata Gaines, G DNP COACH'S DECISION
Othyus Jeffers, G DNP COACH'S DECISION
Totals 38-85 5-18 18-21 11 27 38 24 8 2 11 26   99
Percentages: 44.7% 27.8% 85.7%
LOS ANGELES LAKERS
Starters Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Ron Artest, SF 33 4-9 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 +8 8
Pau Gasol, PF 40 9-15 0-0 7-7 3 9 12 4 1 5 3 1 +8 25
Andrew Bynum, C 25 4-8 0-0 0-0 2 8 10 2 0 0 1 1 -1 8
Kobe Bryant, SG 37 12-19 0-2 7-7 0 3 3 4 0 0 4 3 +8 31
Derek Fisher, PG 40 4-7 0-1 2-4 0 3 3 3 5 0 3 4 +10 10
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Lamar Odom, PF 31 4-10 1-4 0-1 5 7 12 2 0 2 2 5 +5 9
Shannon Brown, PG 17 1-5 0-0 2-4 0 3 3 0 2 0 1 0 -4 4
Jordan Farmar, PG 8 1-2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -5 2
Luke Walton, SF 10 2-2 1-1 2-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 -2 7
Josh Powell, C 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2 0
Adam Morrison, SF DNP COACH'S DECISION
D.J. Mbenga, C DNP COACH'S DECISION
Totals 41-77 2-12 20-27 10 33 43 18 8 7 14 20   104
Percentages:   53.2% 16.7% 74.1%

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