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The Lakers Keep Rolling in Utah
Posted By Wilson Tarpeh Jr. On Apr 2 2011 @ 1:13 am In Utah Jazz | No Comments
The LA Lakers are on a crazy run right now, they are 17-1 since the All-Star break after beating the Utah Jazz 96-85!! Kobe Bryant went off for 21 points to lead his Lakers past the Jazz. The Utah Jazz had a few days off before this game with the Lakers, the Jazz came out on FIRE!! Utah was strong on D and did a great job getting open looks on offense. They really battled the Lakers on the boards in the first half, unfortunately the Jazz had trouble closing out the first half. The Lakers decided to roll up their sleeves and match their opponent’s work ethic by closing the half strong and cut a 17 point deficit to just 6!! As the second half began, the Lakers flexed their 2-time defending Championship muscles and took control. The Laker Bigs got going and the Lakers took off, Utah’s bigs got into foul trouble in the 3rd. Al Jefferson and Paul Milsap picked up their 3d and 4th fouls in the third quarter, going into the 4th quarter the Jazz were trailing. Utah did get a chance to look at it’s future with the younger guys all in the game together, Gordon Hayward, Jeremy Evans, and Derek Favors. The Lakers finished off what they started in the 3rd quarter by routing the Jazz in the 4th!! The Lakers went from down 17 to up 18, there’s a reason they’re the 2-time defending champs!! CJ Miles did have a fairly decent game against the Lakers, Miles finished with 24 points for the Jazz. Jefferson had 17 points and 10 rebounds to help the Jazz beat the Lakers on the boards 44-39. With Memphis winning last night, the Jazz were officially ruled out as a playoff contender. Utah still has a chance to finish at .500, there next game is Sunday on the road against the Kings.
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