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The Butler Did It, Hayward Lead Jazz Past Lakers
Posted By Wilson Tarpeh Jr. On Apr 6 2011 @ 1:50 am In Utah Jazz | No Comments
The Utah Jazz did what few people thought possible, they went into Los Angeles and beat the red-hot Lakers!! Utah was short-handed as has been the case most of the season, as Devin Harris missed another game due to an injury. Utah beat the Lakers 86-85 despite Andrew Bynum’s big night on the boards, Bynum scored 12 points and pulled down 23 rebounds!!! Utah still out-rebounded the Lakers 52-49, no one other than Bynum grabbed more than 8 boards. Utah really fought the Lakers from tip off until the final buzzer sounded, even then if it weren’t for Kobe Bryant dropping a pass this might have turned out differently. Gordon Hayward must have been upset about his Alma-Matter Butler loosing to Uconn last night and took it out on the Lakers. The Rookie scored a career high 22 points as well as grabbing 6 rebounds and dishing out 5 assists!! Hayward really came up big this game, his free-throws put the Jazz up by 1 with 6 seconds left. Utah’s starting line up was different for this game, maybe the added size is what made the difference. Utah started Al Jefferson at center, Derek Favors at power forward, and Paul Milsap at small forward. That gave Utah more than enough size on the floor to battle the Lakers tall front line. Favors had 14 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 blocks!! Milsap had 22 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 swats!! Al Jefferson finished with 11 points, 11 boards, and 3 blocks. CJ Miles had a horrible game, that’s why Hayward’s contributions were so important!! Utah improved their season record to 37-41, their next game is Thursday. Utah plays host to the Portland Trailblazers, maybe they can build on this win against the Lakers, who knows??
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