2010 NBA Playoffs: Lakers Win Game 4, Sweeping Jazz

The Los Angeles Lakers won game 4 in the 2010 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals against the Utah Jazz, winning 111-96 and winning the series 4-0.

The Lakers came out strong Monday night, May 10 in game 4 in Salt Lake City, Utah with a 22-point lead in the first half.

Pau Gasol had an amazing game with 33 points and 14 rebounds. He was just shy of his career high of 36 points in the playoffs. Kobe Bryant was close behind with 32 points. Jordan Farmar contributed 12 points, Derek Fisher had 10 points and 5 rebounds and Lamar Odom also had 10 points and 5 rebounds for the Lakers.

“With close-out games, you have a tendency to lose focus,” said Kobe Bryant. “We kept our concentration and paid attention to detail.”

Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams put up 21 points and had 9 assists. Paul Millsap added 21 points and 6 rebounds. C.J. Miles scored 15 points, Wesley Matthews had 12 points and Carlos Boozer had 10 points and an impressive 14 rebounds for the Jazz.

The Utah Jazz had 19 fast break points, while the Los Angeles Lakers had just 1 fast break point. But the Lakers had only 6 turnovers and the Jazz had 13 turnovers.

Utah opened the third quarter with an 11-2 run and cut the lead to 70-65. But the Lakers responded with a 10-2 run and led 80-67 entering the fourth quarter.

“We’re a playoff team and they’re a championship team. They’re just better than we are,” said Deron Williams.

“We had one of our better games tonight,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. “This is the first really consistent game we have played, except for a six-minute stint in the third quarter. We controlled the game and forced our will on our opponent.”

“We knew they were a great team and I don’t think anybody had us picked to beat them,” Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. “We had some good moments and some moments that weren’t very good.”

“We all were discouraged. It was kinda deja vu,” Williams said. “It’s always hard to get down 10, 12 points against this team and try and come back.”

The Jazz haven’t been swept since Golden State knocked them out 3-0 in the first round of the 1989 playoffs.

The Lakers will advance to the Western Conference Finals for the third straight year and will face the Phoenix Suns. The first game will take place at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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