2008 NBA Playoffs: Conference Semifinals, Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz, Game 6

Information about game 6 of the L.A. Lakers vs. Utah Jazz series in the 2008 NBA Playoffs, with score, recap, pictures, stats, highlights, quotes and Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol performance.

2008 NBA Playoffs Conference Semifinals
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz

Series Index:

Game 1: Lakers 109, Jazz 98 at Los Angeles   Game recap & pictures
Game 2: Lakers 120, Jazz 110 at Los Angeles   Game recap & pictures
Game 3: Jazz 104, Lakers 99 at Utah   Game recap & pictures
Game 4: Jazz 123, Lakers 115 OT, at Utah   Game recap & pictures
Game 5: Lakers 111, Jazz 104 at Los Angeles   Game recap & pictures
Game 6: Lakers 108, Jazz 105 at Utah Game recap & pictures

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GAME 6: L.A. Lakers 108 - Utah Jazz 105

A dramatic end but the Lakers are happy.

Leaders Points Rebounds Assists
Lakers 34: Bryant 13: Gasol 6: Bryant
Jazz 21: Williams 14: Boozer 14: Williams
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Tot
LAL 33 29 24 22 108
Utah 20 23 27 35 105
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May 16, 2008 - EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City. The Lakers watched as their margin was slowly reduced in the final quarter, then were spectators as the Jazz missed two 3-pointers trying desperately to send their season to overtime. But the buzzer sounded and the Lakers arrived to the Western Conference with a 108-105 victory at Utah.

Kobe Bryant looked very healthy, scored 34 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 6 assists, helping his team to build an early lead that was as high as 19 points at halftime and had the Jazz down by 16 at the end of the third. The formula of the Lakers early success was closing all the paths to the lane and stopping Utah’s pick-and-roll, forcing the Jazz to take shots from outside, which they did pretty bad in the first 3 quarters.

The Lakers offense was betten than ever in the those quarters. Pau Gasol ended the game with 17 points, Derek Fisher with 16, Lamar Odom with 13, Vladimir Radmanovic with 12 and Sasha "the machine" Vujacic scored 12 coming from the bench. Gasol also added 13 rebounds and 4 blocks a Odom contributed with 9 rebounds.

Led by Deron Williams 21 points and 14 assists, Utah wasn't ready to give up and in the fourth quarter they make their last push. They won the period 35-22 but that was not enough basically thanks to Kobe's 12 points in the final 5 minutes and 12 dramatic final seconds.

When a timeout was asked with 2:55 to go, the Lakers were up 99-88 and the Jazz had missed by then 13 of 17 three-point attempts but they connected five 3-pointers after that, one by Williams, and two each by Mehmet Okur (16 points) and Andrei Kirilenko (12 points). The scenery was set for an historic comeback when Fisher missed his second free throw with his team ahead 108-105 and 12 second to go, giving the Jazz the opportunity to tie it, they ran the floor and Okur had an open look for a three with 4.8 seconds left but missed, then Williams took a desperate shot, also from behind the line with one second left, Okur took another offensive rebound and the ball went to the hands of long distance specialist Kyle Korver but he didn't have time to take the shot and Utah’s season came to an end.

At the end It was a great victory for the Lakers and the Jazz 6th loss at Utah in their whole season. They lost just 4 games in the regular season and one in their series against Houston.

The Lakers will play against the winner of the series between the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Hornets that will be decided with a game 7 on Monday in New Orleans.

The Quotes

Phil Jackson (LAL Coach): "We know probably San Antonio the best of the two teams, having played against them a variety of times, but I think either team is a difficult matchup for us. We anticipate a tough series"

Kobe Bryant (Lakers): "It's a big step for us," he said of advancing to the conference finals. "The important thing is coming on the road and winning in this building. It shows a lot of character on our part."

Jerry Sloan (Jazz coach): "They made it difficult for us from the start in stopping us from trying to do what we wanted to do, that’s what experience can do. They got in our face a little bit and gave us trouble right from the start."


Los Angeles Lakers Utah Jazz
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl
Kobe Bryant 34 8 6 - -
Pau Gasol 17 13 2 - 4
Derek Fisher 16 2 2 3 -
Lamar Odom 13 9 3 1 1
Vlade Radmanovic 12 3 2 1 -
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl
Deron Williams 21 4 14 1 -
Mehmet Okur 16 10 1 - 1
Paul Millsap 15 8 1 - 3
Ronnie Brewer 13 1 1 1 -
Carlos Boozer 12 14 2 1 -

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