The Utah Jazz played better basketball against the L-A Lakers, but it still didn't matter. Kobe Bryant scored 26 points, Pau Gasol added 22 and Lamar Odom had 19 off the bench to give the Lakers a 119-109 win and a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference playoff series.
|Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (C) fights past the defense of |
Utah Jazz's Ronnie Brewer (L) and Paul Millsap during the second
half of Game 2 of their NBA Western Conference quarter-final
basketball playoff game in Los Angeles, April 21, 2009.
REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES SPORT BASKETBALL)
The Lakers' shooting sizzled in the opening quarter, but they found themselves in a tight battle throughout much of the second half.
The Lakers stretched their lead to 93-81 early in the fourth, and held on to that advantage until the end of the game.