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2008 NBA Playoffs: Conference Semifinals, Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz, Game 2

Information about game 2 of the L.A. Lakers vs. Utah Jazz series in the 2008 NBA Playoffs, with score, recap, pictures, stats, highlights, quotes and Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol performance.

2008 NBA Playoffs Conference Semifinals
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz

Series Index:

Game 1: Lakers 109, Jazz 98 at Los Angeles   Game recap & pictures
Game 2: Lakers 120, Jazz 110 at Los Angeles Game recap & pictures
Game 3: Jazz 104, Lakers 99 at Utah   Game recap & pictures
Game 4: Jazz 123, Lakers 115 OT, at Utah   Game recap & pictures
Game 5: Lakers 111, Jazz 104 at Los Angeles   Game recap & pictures
Game 6: Lakers 108, Jazz 105 at Utah   Game recap & pictures

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GAME 2: L.A. Lakers 120 - Utah Jazz 110

Led by an MVP.

Leaders Points Rebounds Assists
Lakers 34: Bryant 16: Odom 6: Bryant
Jazz 25: Williams 10: Milsap 10: Williams
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Tot
LAL 33 30 30 27 120
Utah 18 31 34 27 110
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Picture Gallery (LADN)

May 7, 2008 - STAPLES CENTER - LOS ANGELES. The Lakers were not distracted by the pre-game ceremony where Kobe Bryant received his first MVP award and built their lead in the first quarter, embraced to it and defeated the Jazz 120-110 to make the Conference Semifinals 2-0 before going to Utah for games 3 and 4.

After 12 years waiting, Kobe Bryant finally got his Most Valuable Player Trophy and later had another of his MVP performances with 34 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Kobe is the 4th Laker to get the award, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar got 3 each and Shaquille O'Neal one.

The Lakers fell behind 13-12 in the first quarter but then Kobe scored six points during a 13-0 run that put them ahead for good. The lead was 33-18 at the end of the period, then 63-49 by halftime and despite L.A. wasn't able to make it bigger, they were never threatened until two free throws by Carlos Boozer with 5:58 to go made it 99-94. But that was as close as the Jazz would get. Sasha Vujacic made a 21-footer, Fisher added one of his 3-pointers and the lead went to 10 again.

Derek Fisher, who continues to be a nightmare for his former teammates, had 22 points that included four 3-pointers in 5 attempts, and in the first half he again had Utah's leader Deron Williams under control, limiting him to 3 points on 1-of-6 shooting. Williams was better in the second half and ended with 25 points and 10 assists.

As always, Pau Gasol was there to do what the team needed and finished with 20 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocks, Lamar Odom had another solid and active game with 19 points and 16 rebounds for the Lakers, who shot 57.4 % from the field and made 35 free throws, 22 more than the Jazz. The team did a better job on the boards this time, losing by a more respectable 41-37 after being completely dominated in game 1.

Carlos Boozer, who is supposed to be a key player for Utah continues with his bad performance in these playoffs, falling from 21.1 points a game and 54.7% shooting in the regular-season to playoff numbers of 15.1 points a game and 41.8%. He got into foul trouble early in the game again and finished with 10 points and 5 rebounds.

Now the Lakers will play 2 games in Utah, where the Jazz had a home record of 37-4 during the season, the best in the NBA, but the Phil Jackson's team did good there in March 20 with a win 106-95 that ended Utah's 19-game home winning streak that had tied the franchise record.

The Quotes

Phil Jackson (LAL Coach): “We were never able to gather momentum in the second half, but we never really had that point where we felt threatened in this ballgame."

Kobe Bryant (Lakers): “I’m at a loss for words, I don’t know what to say,” Bryant said while receiving his MVP Trophy as the crowd chanted M-V-P. “I love you guys so much. We’re going to play until June. Let’s get this party started."

"It was an emotional night for all of us, what we tried to do is ride that momentum. It was special tonight. I haven't seen Staples Center this electric. I had goose bumps running out."

Lamar Odom (Lakers): "It’s a great day for us today, we just fed off the crowd."

Jerry Sloan (Jazz coach): “We can’t foul them, we've put them at the line 89 times (in two games). That’s way too many. That was the difference in the game, free throws".

Highlights

Los Angeles Lakers Utah Jazz
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl
Kobe Bryant 34 8 6 1 *
Derek Fisher 22 1 2 3 -
Pau Gasol 20 5 5 - 5
Lamar Odom 19 16 2 1 2
Sasha Vujacic 12 2 1 - -
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl
Deron Williams 25 3 10 1 -
Paul Milsap 17 10 1 1 -
Mehmet Okur 16 5 1 1 -
Andrei Kirilenko 14 3 5 1 -
Ronnie Brewer 12 5 2 2 -

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