2010 NBA Playoffs - Western Conference
Los Angeles Lakers (1) vs Utah Jazz (5) @ Staples Center
Round 2 - Game 1
Lakers lead 1-0
Post Game - Lakers win 104-99.
Kobe came out today determined, his "Kobe Doin' Work" dvd still hot from pregame viewing, and just owned his defenders. Kobe went 12-19 scoring 31, 11 of those coming in the closing minutes of the game as Utah came bouncing back. This was his 3rd highest production in the playoffs so far. His work on the court was well received by a very receptive L.A. crowd at the Staples Center, not as loud as OKC fans but definitely louder than usual. The further the champs advance the louder the fans get.
Gasol had 5 blocks, 12 rebs and 25 points. Easily his best playoff game yet. Even though Utah's Millsap came off the bench with 16 pts and 9 rebs seemingly over-shadowing the Lakers bench, Lamar was a the better 6th man. He ended up with 9 pts. & 12 rebs (5 OREBS). His more notable contribution to the game was his defense and his unmarked plays that killed Utah's momentum. Bynum was expected to not play (right knee tear) but surprised fans when he was given the green light. Although his minutes were limited he still was just 2 points shy from getting his 4th playoffs double double. He ended the game with 10 boards and 8 points.
To those D. Fish skeptics who still question Phil's decision with putting #2 at the starting 1 spot, keep hating because the true fans will ALWAYS know why. Derek had 10 pts. and 5 steals. Derek's lock-down defense helped to contain the best PG in the league. D. Williams had 24 points w/ 8 assists, this being his 2nd lowest playoffs game so far. Boozer was the sole player in his team who came up with double digit rebs. He had 12 w/ 18 pts. Wesley Matthews played well fresh off his 23 point game the other night in Utah to move past Denver with 14 pts w/ 7 rebs.
Lakers drew first blood and look for more come Tuesday night in game 2. Go Lakers!
Here is today's box score courtesy of Yahoo Sports: Lakers vs Jazz - Round 2 Game 1