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2010 NBA Playoffs: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz, Western Conference Semifinals, Game 4

Information about game 4 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 4 - 0 Utah Jazz

GAME 4: L.A. Lakers 111 - Utah Jazz 96

Leaders Points Rebounds Assists
Lakers Gasol: 33 Gasol: 14 Bryant: 4
Jazz Williams: 21 Boozer: 14 Williams: 9
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Tot
LAL 29 29 22 31 111
Utah 24 17 26 29 96
click for Lakers 2010 Playoff pictures (LA Daily News), Western Conference Semifinals vs. Utah Jazz Game 4
Picture Gallery (LAT)

May 10 - Utah Jazz. The Lakers one-two punch of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol combined for 65 points to help the Lakers sweep the Jazz with a 111-96 victory at Utah and advance to the Western Conference Finals for the third year in a row.

Gasol had 33 points and 14 rebounds, 7 of them on the offensive side, maximizing the advantage of size and talent over his rivals, which was more than obvious when he was facing Carlos Boozer (10 points, 14 rebounds). Kobe Added 32 points for an L.A. team that dominated the second quarter at both ends of the floor and built a 22-point lead, 57-35 with 1:12 left in the first half.

The Jazz used all that was left on their tank and in the third quarter reduced their deficit to 5, 70-65 with 3:18 remaining in the period. But that was as close as they would get. Kobe made a 12-foot jumper, Odom followed with a 3-pointer and the Lakers had no problems controlling the game until the end, leading always at least by 10 points. And in case the Jazz had any hope left, Pau scored 9 consecutive points in the fourth, Kobe scored the next two to end an 11-0 run with 3:00 left and put L.A. ahead 107-85

Despite having 21 points and 9 assists, Deron Williams was well defended by Derek Fisher who was booed every time he touched the ball. But at the end Fisher was the one laughing while the Jazz were swept for the first time in franchise history.

It was a much needed win for L.A. which will have six days of rest before the Western Finals starts against a running Utah Jazz that swept the Spurs yesterday. Especially It will give Andrew Bynum some days to rest his injured need, which won't heal because it need surgery to repair some cartilages but at least the inactivity it will reduce the pain. Bynum was scoreless in 20 minutes in game 3 and had 6 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 25 minutes in this game. His big presence is something important for the team even if he's not 100 percent because Gasol has to be defended by the rival's power forward instead of the center.

The Quotes

Phil Jackson (LAL Coach): "We had one of our better games tonight, This is the first really consistent game we have played, except for a six-minute stint in the third quarter. We controlled the game and forced our will on our opponent."

Kobe Bryant (Lakers): about Gasol being called "soft"..."Of course it bugged him, because we reminded him of it every day... He's playing hard, he gets beat up a lot. After games, he's got scratch marks all over. He's playing at a high level."

Pau Gasol (Lakers): "I'm happy with the way I'm playing, I think we're doing a real good job collectively. That's something that is really satisfying."

Jerry Sloan (Jazz Coach): "We knew they were a great team and I don't think anybody had us picked to beat them. We had some good moments and some moments that weren't very good."

Deron Williams (Jazz): "We're a playoff team and they're a championship team. They're just better than we are... We all were discouraged. It was kinda deja vu, it's always hard to get down 10, 12 points against this team and try and come back."

Highlights

Los Angeles Lakers Utah Jazz
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Pau Gasol 33 14 2 - 2  
Kobe Bryant 32 3 4 1 -  
Shannon Brown 12 3 - 1 -  
Derek Fisher 10 5 1 3 -  
Lamar Odom 10 5 1 - 1  
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Deron Williams 21 4 9 2 2  
Paul Millsap 21 6 1 1 1  
C.J. Miles 15 2 4 - 3  
Wesley Matthews 12 4 - 1 1  
Carlos Boozer 10 14 - - -  

Complete Boxscore

LOS ANGELES LAKERS
Starters Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Ron Artest, SF 35 2-8 1-3 0-2 2 2 4 3 1 0 0 1 +17 5
Pau Gasol, PF 40 12-18 0-1 9-11 7 7 14 2 0 2 1 0 +18 33
Andrew Bynum, C 25 2-6 0-0 2-2 2 5 7 1 0 2 0 5 -13 6
Kobe Bryant, SG 42 11-23 0-2 10-12 0 3 3 4 1 0 3 3 +9 32
Derek Fisher, PG 40 3-8 1-4 3-3 1 4 5 1 3 0 1 3 +12 10
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Lamar Odom, PF 26 2-4 1-1 5-6 0 5 5 1 0 1 0 4 +30 10
Josh Powell, C 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 -9 0
Luke Walton, SF 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 +4 0
Shannon Brown, PG 18 5-10 2-4 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 3 +4 12
Jordan Farmar, PG 8 1-3 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 +3 3
Adam Morrison, SF DNP COACH'S DECISION
D.J. Mbenga, C DNP COACH'S DECISION
Totals 38-83 6-17 29-36 13 29 42 14 7 5 6 21   111
Percentages:   45.8% 35.3% 80.6%
UTAH JAZZ
Starters Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Carlos Boozer, PF 37 4-11 0-0 2-2 1 13 14 0 0 0 4 6 -14 10
C.J. Miles, SF 36 6-12 2-4 1-2 0 2 2 4 0 3 1 5 -4 15
Kyrylo Fesenko, C 30 2-4 0-0 0-0 3 9 12 1 0 1 1 4 +9 4
Deron Williams, PG 43 7-18 0-7 7-10 2 2 4 9 2 2 4 3 -19 21
Wesley Matthews, G 38 5-10 1-3 1-2 1 3 4 0 1 1 1 4 -19 12
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Andrei Kirilenko, SF 12 1-3 0-1 1-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 -6 3
Kyle Korver, SG 11 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 -11 2
Paul Millsap, PF 25 8-14 0-0 5-6 4 2 6 1 1 1 1 3 -29 21
Ronnie Price, PG 3 0-2 0-0 1-2 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 -3 1
Sundiata Gaines, G 2 3-3 1-1 0-2 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 +7 7
Othyus Jeffers, G 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +7 0
Kosta Koufos, C 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +7 0
Totals 37-81 4-16 18-27 13 32 45 16 4 8 13 28   96
Percentages: 45.7% 25.0% 66.7%

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