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Lakers Out Last The Jazz In Series Opener

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In the Western Conference Semifinals matchup between the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers, it was the home team that bagged Game One. The game took place in Staples Center in LA with the Lakers eking out a 104-99 victory over the Jazz. The Lakers are the number one seed in the Western Conference and had fashioned out a grinding first round series against the Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook-led Oklahoma City Thunder. On the other hand, the number five seeded Utah Jazz defeated the fourth seeded Denver Nuggets in their first round playoff series to arranged this playoffs with the Lakers.

Basing on the score, it seems like the game was close throughout. It was in fact, with the first quarter of the game belonging to the Lakers, 30-23 and that was the difference. The Lakers features the starting unit of the future Hall of Famer and scoring machine Kobe Bryant, towering centers of Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, the versatile Lamar Odom and Derek Fisher. The Jazz had the All-Star Deron Williams and Andrei Kirilenko (who is coming off an injury), Carlos Boozer, sharp shooter Kyle Korver and versatile power forward Paul Millsap. All-Star Center Mehmet Okur was sidelined with Achilles Injury and done for the playoffs.

During the last minutes of the final quarter, it seem like the Lakers are on their way to easily sealing the first game, but the Jazz hammered out a spirited comeback outscoring the Lakers 12-1. However, this attempt fell short as Gasol put the game away for the Lakers with a timely basket in only five seconds left in the game. This proved to be costly for the Jazz.

Utah Jazz played tough on both ends of the floor, keeping up and even defeating the Lakers in terms of hassle plays, but they can’t seem to handle the towering front liners of the Lakers. Their opponent have Bynum as the center with Gasol as the power forward with both towering over seven feet in height or more and Odom as the small forward that is huge in his position. Although the Jazz players showed a lot of heart and character down the stretch of the game, they still fell short. Nevertheless, the Jazz fans are ecstatic about the possibility of taking this series even if it goes down the wire. Game 2 is tomorrow night at Staples Center and the Jazz are looking to even the series.

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