2010 NBA Playoffs Conference Semifinals Round | LA Lakers vs Utah JazzCategory: Basketball
The quest for a back-to-back NBA championship is still alive for the LA Lakers.
After dispatching the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 6 with the slimmest of margins 95-94 in their 1st Round matchup, the Lakers has moved on the Conference Semifinals round where they will be facing the Utah Jazz.
The Jazz is also coming from a 4-2 series win over the Denver Nuggets.
Last year, the two teams have met in the 1st Round won by the Lakers 4-1.
1. The Lakers entered the 2010 NBA Playoffs as the #1 seed in the Western Conference while the Jazz is #5.
2. In the regular season, the Lakers defeated the Jazz 3 times out of 4 meetings.
3. The Lakers is led by the tandem of Kobe Bryant (27 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 5 apg) and Pau Gasol (18.3 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 1.7 bpg).
4. The Jazz is led by the tandem of Deron Williams (18.7 ppg, 10.5 apg, 1.3 spg) and Carlos Boozer (19.5 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 3.2 apg).
SCHEDULE: Lakers win series 4-0
Game 1 May 2 3:30 pm Staples Center, Los Angeles, California ABC
Game 2 May 4 10:30 pm Staples Center, Los Angeles, California TNT
Game 3 May 8 5:00 pm Energy Solutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah ABC
Game 4 May 10 10:30 pm Energy Solutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah TNT
Game 5 May 12 TBA * Staples Center, Los Angeles, California TNT
Game 6 May 14 TBA * Energy Solutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah ESPN
Game 7 May 17 TBA * Staples Center, Los Angeles, California TNT
NOTE: * denotes games to be played if necessary
I will post recaps after every game.
The Lakers blew a fourth-quarter lead before rallying for a 104-99 victory over the Utah Jazz after Kobe Bryant went on a tear scoring 11 of his 31 points in the final four minutes with seven consecutive points, followed by a layup with 22.6 seconds remaining.
Pau Gasol added 25 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers. Utah’s Deron Williams scored 24 points.
The Jazz managed just one more field goal after taking a 93-89 lead with 4:10 to play.
The Lakers’ twin towers of Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum delivered with 22 points and 15 rebounds and 17 points and 14 rebounds respectively leading their team to 111-103 victory over the Utah Jazz. Kobe Bryant added 30 points scoring 11 points in the final four minutes to stave off a Jazz rally.
Paul Millsap had 26 points and 11 rebounds, Carlos Boozer added 20 points and 12 rebounds and Deron Williams managed 15 points and nine assists for the Jazz.
Los Angeles is 40-1 in franchise history after winning the first two games of a seven-game series.
Deron Williams’ last second shot attempt to win the game missed its mark as well as Wesley Matthews’ tip just before the buzzer to allow the Lakers escape with a 111-110 victory over the Jazz and give them a commanding 3-0 series lead.
Kobe Bryant scored 35 points while Derek Fisher added 20 points to lead the Lakers as they hit back-to-back 3-pointers during an 8-2 run in the final minute to hold on for the win.
Deron Williams had 28 points and nine assists and Kyle Korver added a career playoff-high 23 points for the Jazz, making all five of his 3-point attempts.
No team in NBA history has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series.
Pau Gasol had a monster double-double of 33 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Lakers to a 4-0 sweep of the Jazz winning 111-96. Kobe had 32 points, scoring 30+ points in all four games.
Deron Williams led the Jazz with 21 points and nine assists which was swept for the first time in 21 years; when the Golden State Warriors knocked them out 3-0 in the first round of the 1989 playoffs.If you want to receive my latest posts, please subscribe to my full feed RSS or have them delivered through email. Just enter your email address below and hit the Subscribe button.