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2008 NBA Playoffs: Conference Semifinals, Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz, Game 5

Information about game 5 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 5: L.A. Lakers 111 - Utah Jazz 104

Odom and Gasol made the big plays.

Leaders Points Rebounds Assists
Lakers 26: Bryant 11: Odom 8: Gasol
Jazz 27: Williams 13: Okur 10: Williams
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Tot
LAL 29 32 20 30 111
Utah 26 28 27 23 104
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May 14, 2008 - STAPLES CENTER - LOS ANGELES.This time Kobe Bryant's teammates carried him on their shoulders at the end and the Lakers won 111-104 to recover the lead in the Western Conference semifinals.

Kobe Bryant looked good most of the game despite his back problems that started in game 4, and ended with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists, he took only 10 shots and got 13 of his points from the free throw line. In the fourth quarter he didn't attempted a field goal, limiting his contribution to distribute the ball and make 3 free throws to seal the score. But this time he didn't need to force anything because Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom made the big plays and everybody contributed, even some players that were disappeared in action like Jordan Farmar or Vlade Radmanovic.

The game had a peculiar start, with Utah combining dunks and turnovers and Radmanovic giving an initial spark with 10 points that included two 3-pointers to gave the Lakers a 25-16 lead. Radmanovic, who was averaging 5.5 in the first 4 games. finished with 15 points.

After going scoreless in the first quarter, Gasol scored 15 in the second but the Jazz led by Williams stayed in the game and was down by 7 at halftime. The Lakers never trailed but the Jazz tied the score 4 times. Each time either the Lakers escaped or Utah was unable to go ahead. Utah made it even at 69, at 73 and at 81 to close the third period. Two minutes into the fourth the Jazz had a chance to go ahead after Mehmet Okur (13 points, 13 rebounds) was fouled with Utah down by one but he made only one of his free throws for a final tie at 84.

After that, points by Walton, Gasol, Vujacic, Fisher and three dunks by Odom kept the Lakers ahead. Utah got within one (102-103) with 1:17 to go but Gasol scored in the next two possessions, including a dunk after a 3-point attempt missed by Vujacic, it was his 6th offensive rebound.

Both teams started scored in double figures (see highlights below). Jordan Farmar shot 2-for-5 and scored 6 points, including a three-point play with 8:38 remaining that gave the Lakers a 90-86 lead. The backup point guard shot 1-for-16 and scored four points in the previous four games of this series...

The Quotes

Phil Jackson (LAL Coach): "We've got guys in Lamar and Pau that are capable of helping us along in this series."

Kobe Bryant (Lakers): "I just had to pick my spots, I knew I wasn’t 100 percent healthy, so I wanted to get us off to a good start, give us an emotional boost. Then in the third quarter, there were moments where I had to pick it up, and I was able to do that. And in the fourth quarter, Lamar (Odom) and Pau (Gasol) took it from there."

Jerry Sloan (Jazz coach): "We got the basketball inside, we had some opportunities, missed shot shots we’d like to have back, but that’s the way it goes, we never could get over the hump and put pressure on them."

Highlights

Los Angeles Lakers Utah Jazz
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl
Kobe Bryant 26 6 7 2 -
Lamar Odom 22 11 1 - 2
Pau Gasol 21 6 8 - 4
V. Radmanovic 15 2 3 - -
Derek Fisher 14 3 5 4 -
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl
Deron Williams 27 5 10 - -
Carlos Boozer 18 12 2 - -
Ronnie Brewer 16 2 5 1 -
Mehmet Okur 13 13 1 1 1
Andrei Kirilenko 12 2 3 4 1

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