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2008 NBA Playoffs: Conference Semifinals, Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz, Game 3

Information about game 3 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 3: L.A. Lakers 99 - Utah Jazz 104

Jazz still alive at home.

Leaders Points Rebounds Assists
Lakers 34: Bryant 12: Odom 7: Bryant
Jazz 27: Boozer 20: Boozer 12: Williams
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Tot
LAL 23 20 29 27 99
Utah 23 29 27 25 104
click for Lakers 2008 Playoff pictures (LA Daily News), Conference Semifinals Game 3
Picture Gallery (LADN)

May 9, 2008- EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City. The Jazz returned to Utah where they had the best home record in the NBA this season, took some distance from the visitors in the second quarter and survived at the end to give the Lakers their first loss in the Playoffs with a 104-99 final score.

NBA MVP Kobe Bryant had 34 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds but had not enough help in the offensive side with no teammate scoring more than 13 points.

This time Utah made the open shots the Lakers allowed them early, which gave them more space to operate in the paint. That and the hostile atmosphere at Utah seems to have helped Carlos Boozer recover his memory. Boozer, the Jazz leader in points during the season had been struggling throughout the playoffs but he had a huge game 3 with 27 points and 20 rebounds. In the fourth quarter when the Lakers used a 6-0 run to get within 95-92 he made shot after shot in 3 consecutive possessions killing one by one the Lakers hopes to get the win and rebuilding the lead to 101-92 with 1:57 left.

The Lakers lost their first game in more than a month that only saw 10 wins but it was inevitable after committing 18 turnovers, making just 5 of 23 three-point shots (21.7%) and suffering the notorious absence of players like Pau Gasol or Luke Walton. Gasol had probably his worst game as a Laker, and his 12 points and 6 rebounds don't say much about his lack of focus that ended with 5 turnovers and uncountable appeals to the referees. He is the key to the Lakers current style of play and the team will need him if they want to get a win on Sunday to return to L.A. ready to end the series.

Luke Walton looked erratic all the game and wasted the Lakers final chance to get close, by losing control of a ball that fell into his hands after Gasol won a jump ball with 14 seconds to play and the Lakers down 103-99.

Mehmet Okur had 22 points that included 4 three-pointers and Deron Williams led the way for Utah as he always do. He ended with 18 points and 12 assists despite needing ice in his hand after hitting the floor hard a first half that finished with the home team ahead 52-43.

The game was played exactly one year after Derek Fisher had one of the most memorable moments in Jazz history making a dramatic third-quarter entrance for the Jazz in an overtime win over Golden State after flying from New York where his daughter was receiving treatment for a cancerous eye tumor. He got a standing ovation in that game, and was crucial in the Jazz victory. But in this game he was booed every time he touched the ball because the uncivilized fans in Utah believe he betrayed them when he left for a city with better medical care for his daughter.

The Quotes

Phil Jackson (LAL Coach): "I thought we came back, had our shot, I told the guys they made a good comeback. They just couldn't pick the right place in the right time"

Carlos Boozer (Jazz): "I tried to stop thinking so much out there. My teammates were waiting for a big game out of me and I was too. … I had to play thought-free and just react and play".

Jerry Sloan (Jazz coach) “We competed very hard, much better than we did over there. That’s what happens with a young team. We made mistakes but we kept playing hard. Before, we made mistakes and we felt sorry for ourselves. Tonight we kept playing hard."

Pau Gasol (Lakers): ""I shouldn't have done that (complain to the referees). I have to learn to play through certain things, whether I agree with them or not, I have to play through it."... "I can do much better"

Ronnie Turiaf (Lakers): asked about Gasol "Struggle is a big word, he did not have a great night, true, but he kept playing"

Highlights

Los Angeles Lakers Utah Jazz
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl
Kobe Bryant 34 6 7 - 1
Pau Gasol 12 6 1 2 2
Lamar Odom 13 12 1 1 2
Derek Fisher 13 2 2 3 -
Luke Walton 11 2 - 2 -
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl
Deron Williams 18 3 12 - -
Carlos Boozer 27 20 3 - -
Andrei Kirilenko 12 2 2 1 1
Mehmet Okur 22 7 2 2 1
Matt Harpring 12 3 - - -

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