2010 NBA Playoffs: Lakers Win Game 2 Against Jazz

The Los Angeles Lakers won game 2 of the 2010 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals against the Utah Jazz, 111-103.

Kobe Bryant scored 30 points, Gasol added 22 points and 15 rebounds, Andrew Bynum had 17 points and 14 rebounds and Ron Artest contributed 16 points for the Lakers. With 64 points in the paint, a 58-40 rebounding advantage and 13 blocked shots and shooting over 50 percent, the Lakers held the lead and won game two in Los Angeles.

Paul Millsap had 26 points and 11 rebounds, C.J. Miles added 20 points and Carlos Boozer had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Jazz. It wasn’t enough to beat the Lakers though.

The Jazz are missing their big men Mehmet Okur and Andrei Kirilenko due to injuries, so the Los Angeles Lakers are overall a bigger team than the Utah Jazz.

“They played extremely, extremely well,” Bryant said of his big men. “Pau and Andrew, their work on the boards tonight was sensational. Lamar coming off the bench with 15 rebounds was just incredible. We really did a great job, and aside from scoring, the big fellas, obviously rebounding and controlling the paint.”

“We’re not going to be frustrated,” said Boozer. “We’re not going to get demoralized. We’re not going to back down. We’re going to keep fighting, keep attacking and stay aggressive.”

The Jazz actually got within four points in the final minutes, but Bryant got a shot clock-beating jumper, a block on Utah’s next drive to the hoop, and a dunk all in a 45-second span of the final minutes.

“Their rebounding tonight was just something we could not handle,” Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. “I don’t like to use the word ‘disheartening.’ I thought our guys played extremely hard to try and stay in the ballgame.”

“We’d try to get in the lane, and there were two or three guys there,” Deron Williams of the Utah Jazz said. “Their length bothered us tonight. We’ve just got to hit some shots. We’ll do better.”

“We got some great play tonight from our big guys,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. “All of them played pretty well.”

“I don’t know,” Artest said when asked to explain himself. “I feel great. I don’t really know. I just have to keep playing basketball.”

Utah has lost 16 straight games at Staples Center in Los Angeles, including eight in the playoffs.

Game 3 will take place Saturday, May 8 in Salt Lake City.

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