LAst Night's Action: Lakers Sweep Away the Jazz
LA Lakers defeat Utah Jazz 111-96. After a first quarter where both teams felt each other out, the Lakers had enough and sealed off everything for the Jazz. Not one Jazz player entered the paint without being harassed, and all the passing lanes were closed off leading to a total of eight Jazz first-half turnovers. They opened up a 22-point lead before relaxing a little allowing Deron Williams to enter the paint to shoot a floater. But a Jerry Sloane coached team never raises a white flag, and the Jazz managed to get the deficit down to five points in the third quarter. The Lakers went on a 10-2 run to end the quarter with a 13-point lead. The first half of the first quarter saw the Jazz pulling closer and the Lakers pushing the lead back, but as time was winding down with the Jazz making desperate jump shots the Lakers iced the game away pulling back out to 20 points. Pau Gasol led all scorers with 33 points and 14 rebounds while Kobe Bryant added 32 points. Andrew Bynum all but disappeared for the second game in a row with six points and seven rebounds, but Derek Fisher had 10 key points and Shannon Brown came up big with his 12 points. This marks the first time the Utah Jazz have been swept in a best-of-seven playoff series. The Lakers now wait a week and face division foes Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference Finals.