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Game Three: Utah vs Los Angeles

In 2008 NBA Playoffs, Game Log / Recap on May 10, 2008 at 3:48 am

Do or Die tonight. Utah have to win tonight. Here we go.

  • The crowd is up for this they’re going wild during pre-game introductions. The crowd is in  Utah’s light blue
  • Mike Tirico and Hubie Brown are the announcers tonight
  • A lot of pressure is on Boozer tonight. He has to get going, he has to punish the Lakers inside
  • Here we, jump ball Gasol and Okur, Gasol wins the tip
  • Derek Fisher booed loudly
  • Fish hits an 18 footer along the baseline. Lakers lead.
  • Brewer watched closely by Byant. Good defense on the ball.
  • Kirilenko air balls a long two, Radmanovic may have gotten a piece of it
  • Kobe and Gasol work the screen and roll, Kobe drives into the lane, dishes of to Gasol for the layup
  • Foul off the ball on Derek Fisher. Fish needs to avoid foul trouble tonight. A very important key to the Lakers’ first two wins has been Fishers ability to limit Deron
  • Fastbreak, Odom layup
  • Boozer works Gasol down low, muscles his way low, hook shot in the lane, rims out, offensive rebound, out to Deron, three pointer from the top of the key, good.
  • Kobe with the deflection on the pass to Brewer. He’s sticking to him close
  • Fastbreak, three pointer in transition by Radmanovic from the left wing, good. Lakers lead 11-3
  • Derek Fisher picks up his second. Lovely cut by Brewer off the ball, he had an open dunk, Fisher should have let him have that. Bad foul. Farmar comes in for Fisher. Farmar has had trouble with Williams this series. Time for Deron to change the game. Lot of pressure on Kobe without Fish there. Lakers just got to keep this close until the second quarter when Fisher comes back. They’re more than capable of that.
  • Williams muscles his way into the paint, kicks it out, retrieves it at the top of the key, crossover, blows by Farmar, misses the layup. Laker ball
  • 3 second violation on LA, turnover
  • Deron brings it up, out to Kirilenko on the left wing, Deron sets the screen in the paint, Boozer pops out with the fallaway from the left elbow, miss. Booz tries to run down and save the offensive rebound, doesn’t pull it off. Good effort.
  • Okur drives baseline, Bryant doubles traps him on the baseline, taps loose the ball, Okur gets it back, Bryant is scrambling. Utah miss the shot, Gasol rebound, outlet pass to Odom for the layup, pass to long, Odom saves it off Okur.
  • Lakers turnover, Jazz turnover, Lakers turnover
  • Deron posts Farmar in the paint, he was three feet from the rim, 4 Lakers collapse, Deron kicks it to Boozer, from 17 feet, nice jumper.
  • Deron on the fastbreak, around Kobe, gets to the rim, hits the layup, tied at 11.
  • Lakers take a long fast shot, Boozer grabs the defensive rebound.
  • Iso Boozer, Booz takes the 15 footer on the right wing, misses it.
  • Odom with a lovely pass to the cutting Gasol, dunk, blocked by Kirilenko from the weakside.
  • Timeout
  • Lakers have had 5 messy trips in a row
  • Okur takes the lead with a long jumper, foot on the line
  • Farmar drives into the paint, misses the layup, reset, Byant into the paint, fouled. Sideline ball. Radmanovic hits a 15 footer along the baseline on the right.
  • Deron Williams gets into the paint again against Farmar, hits Okur for the three
  • Deron into the paint again, layup
  • Timeout LA
  • Jazz lead 18-14 with three plus minutes to play
  • Deron Williams has taken over this game. He’s delighted not to have Fisher in his mug. That silly second foul by Fisher has changed this game. Lakers are in trouble. They could be down double digits by the time the quarter ends. Kobe has to take over and stop the bleeding. Since Fishers foul 6 minutes ago, the Jazz have 6 field goals and no turnovers.
  • Radmanovic gets a three
  • Boozer catches it at the top of the key, drives left into the paint, draws the foul on Gasol and gets the layup to go
  • Kobe doubled, Turiaf finds himself free at the rim, dunk
  • Boozer low on Turiaf, pivots into the paint, spins back baseline, layup
  • Defensive rebound Boozer. There’s 49 seconds to play. Deron drives into the paint, finds Brewer, the paint is too congested, Jazz have nowhere to go, Boozer has to force it, miss
  • Farmar misses the layup on the break
  • Jazz hold it for the final shot, Deron drives, looses it, gets it back, finds Harping from 22 feet, miss
  • End of One
  • Tied at 23. The Lakers did great to stop the bleeding over the last few minutes.
  • Nice cut by Price, gets the pass, short pass to Harpring for the layup on the other side of the rim
  • Price knocks the ball loose, dives on the floor, steals the ball, throws the ball ahead to his teammates for the layup
  • Gasol on the left block, Okur pushes him out to 12 feet on the baseline, hard contest, Gasol makes it
  • Millsap knocks the ball loose from Odom at the top of the key, the ball spirals into the backcourt, foot race between Farmar and Price, Price dives on the floor and pips him to the ball, knocks it out of play. Lakers ball. Great hustle by Utah. Kobe yelling instructions on the sideline.
  • Phil must be nervous. Gasol and Odom are on the floor with the second unit alongside Walton/Vujacic/Farmar. Strong unit. Pass to Farmar, slips through his hands, wasn’t expecting it, miss.
  • Fisher comes back in
  • Walton steals it from Harpring off the post entry pass. Utah blow another layup, Korver knocks it out bounds to stop LA getting the putback
  • Odom in the low post against Millsap, right block, quick dribble and hook shot. Easy two. I love that shot. I love that play by Odom, more please Lamar.
  • Offensive foul on Lamar, charging call as he bowled his way into the paint
  • Odom and Gasol have three turnovers each
  • Kobe hits his first FG of the night, with an 18 footer off the dribble from the left wing
  • Walton drives on Korver, slows, thinks about posting at the FT line, goes again, bumps Korver and rises for 13 footer. Foul on the missed shot, hits two at the line.
  • Jazz lead 34-31 with 7:35 remaining in the half
  • Fisher/Kobe/Walton/Turiaf/Gasol in the game for LA. Utah has Okur/Booz/Deron/Korver/Harpring
  • Okur with a fadeawy three on th sideline
  • Gasol another layup
  • Harpring misses the baseline J
  • Gasol misses a layup. That’s the fourth missed layup by the Lakers
  • Okur with a three from the left wing. He has 10 points. Jazz up 6.
  • Foul off the ball by Harpring on Bryant. Memo has averaged 18.5ppg and 12rpg this series. Jeez didn’t he have like 19 boards in game one? Only 5 in game two. Huh.
  • Lakers turn it over again. That’s their 10th. When they actually get a shot up they’ve been pretty good.
  • Kirilenko with a 20 footer from the right wing on the drive and kick
  • Deron fouls. They’re in the penalty. Timeout before the FTs.
  • Jazz lead 43-35
  • Boozer steals, Deron has it ahead to Korver at the FT line, Korver tries the hand off to Deron on the break for the layup, Lakers deflect the pass out of play. Deron doesn’t like that, he wants Korver to take that.
  • Deron gets into the paint again, kicks it out, Jazz swing it to Okur, Okur off the dribble, hits the J and gets the foul
  • Kobe gets to the line, hits two.
  • Boozer has Turiaf on his back, turn and face, goes left, foul. Sideline ball. Jazz lead 45-38. There’s 3:30 remaining.
  • Odom blocks Boozer in the paint
  • Korver steps back from the screen and hits the 22 footer. Utah shooting 54%.
  • Kobe misses the 19 footer on the face up J. He needs to step it up
  • Odom drives baseline, hits Turiaf, Ronny has a 7 footer in the middle of the paint, miss.
  • Turiaf smacks Deron hard on the block attempt. Deron isn’t getting up. Deron caught the ball on the left wing, drove on Fisher, went up, avoided the block by Odom under the rim, Turiaf came from the other side, bumped into Deron’s side as he went up and blocked the shot, hard fall by Deron. Maybe on his arm, maybe his mid section, maybe the side of his lower back. It’s hard to tell. Timeout.
  • I thought there was a foul there, it was a sideline out ball, must have been before the shot. Deron’s wrist is giving him some trouble but he’ll play on.
  • Deron drives baseline, hits the cutter, layup. Deron looked fine there.
  • Boozer knocks the ball loose on Odom. Lakers inbound it on the sideline, Bryant catches it, drives inside, pass in the paint, kick out, Odom from 23 feet at the top of the key, hits the three
  • Odom catches it from an almost identical spot, passes up the shot, drives into the paint, nice hesitation move, explodes to the rim, foul. He hits both.
  • Deron fakes using the pick, goes baseline, Turiaf late on the rotation, Deron takes it to the rim, gets fouled, hits two. The lead is back to 10.
  • Jazz lead 51-41 with a minute and a half remaining.
  • First points by Deron since Fisher came back into the game. He has 9 now, 7 when Fisher was out.
  • Boozer in the post against Kobe, Fisher doubles, dives on the ball, jump ball. Great hustle by Booz and Fish. Booz has to win this tip, gotta make sure he has someone to pass too, all LA’s bigs are trying to steal the tap, Jazz only has little ones, Turiaf steals the tip after Booz wins it.
  • Kobe drives the length of the court on Kirilenko, draws the foul, AK comes out. Kobe hits both. Lead down to 8. Single digits would be great for LA.
  • Some full court pressure, Price falls into it, controls himself, Jazz get it up fine. Boozer has it 27 feet out from the rim on the right wing. Odom a good 12 feet off of Booz. Boozer drives left, spin right, draws the foul, takes the shot, rims out. Hits one FT.
  • Lakers hold it for the final shot, hand off to Kobe, kicks it to Farmar in the corner for a three, miss, Lakers hunt down the offensive board, Vujacic gets off an attempt from three, miss.
  • Halftime
  • Jazz lead 52-43
  • Some team stats – Lakers lead the boards 16-14. LA has 9 assists on 14 made field goals, shooting only 41% on their 34 attempts. The Jazz have 15 dimes on 21 makes, 41 attempts for 51% shooting. The Lakers are 3-11 from downtown and 12-13 from the FT line. The Jazz are 4-6 from three and 6-8 from the line. Combined blocks/steals are 6-5 LA. Lakers have 10 turnovers to 5 for the Jazz.
  • Odom leads LA with 9 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks and a steal plus a assist. He’s played 22 minutes but he’s only taken 3 shots. He’s hit all three. He needs to be more aggressive offensively and look for his shot more.
  • Gasol and Odom have 7 of the 10 turnovers.
  • Kobe has only taken 5 shots. He’s 1-5 from the floor.
  • Deron has led the Jazz with 9 and 6. He changed the whole game when Fisher went out in foul trouble. Boozer has 10 and 7 with 3 assists. Okur has 12 and and 4. Korver/Harpring/Kirilenko have 17 points between them.

Second half

  • Lakers are going to come out quick here and try to draw blood. Anybody else expect Kobe to start looking to take over?
  • Utah miss, fastbreak, Fisher with the pull up 19 footer on the run, hits it.
  • Boozer in the post against Gasol, doubled, dribble drive Deron Williams, kick to Boozer, high arc over Gasol, gets it.
  • Gasol in the post, bounce pass for the layup, Radmanovic fumbles the pass. Lakers forced to take a long shot against the buzzer.
  • Radmanovic with the give and go with Kobe, he has an open lane to the rim, Brewer gets back in it and knocks the ball loose from behind.
  • Gasol steals the ball, is ahead of the pack, dunk
  • Brewer with the hard shot, fadeaway off the dribble going away from the rim over Odom with Odom right in his face from 22 feet, brick, tip by Kirilenko, good.
  • Kirilenko drives on Gasol, gets the layup
  • Kobe iso on the left wing, drives into the paint, gets the bang and the bucket. Three point play. Kobe misses the FT, only a two point play.
  • Deron with the drive and kick to Memo in the corner for three, nails it
  • Kobe drives on Brewer, gets the layup
  • Deron dribble drive, passes it out to Kirilenko for three, identical to the last play, Kirilenko misses not, identical except for the result
  • Kobe Byrant penetrates into the paint again, gets the runner over Okur
  • Brewer drives on Bryant, gets the foul. Sideline. Brewer shaeks free on a screen, Kobe cheated over the top, Brewer has daylight, passes up the shot, takes it to the rim, hits the layup
  • Deron has the mismatch on Radmanovic, backs out to 30 feet, drives on Rad, gets the layup
  • Kobe Bryant comes down the left wing, blows by Kirilenko and slams it in his face. Wow.
  • Okur with another three off the Deron feed. Lakers need to get some stops, they’re just trading buckets here.
  • Kobe holds onto it again, fadeaway over Kirilenko, 19 footer. 5 baskets in a row for Kobe.
  • Deron with the screen and roll, dish to Boozer for the dunk
  • Timeout
  • Lamar Odom fouled. He hits 1 of 2. Still hasn’t taken a shot in the second half
  • Jazz lead 70-60
  • Utah turnover
  • Deron Williams looks hurt. He’s grimacing and bending over trying to regain himself whenever there’s a dead ball. He may have re-aggravated the earlier injury
  • Kobe in the post, spin move baseline, reverse layup
  • Tech on Sloan. Sloan wanted the hook on Bryant. Hubie Brown points out Brewer fouled Kobe first and that wasn’t called either. Fisher hits the T.
  • Jazz lead 70-63
  • Deron brings it up, kicks it out to the right wing to Brewer, nothing on, Brewer gets it back to Deron, still nothing on, Deron throws it cross court, Brewer drives hard, bailed by a Lakers foul
  • Fisher open from three, he knocks it down. The lead is down to 5.
  • Deron Williams with the 16 footer above the FT line
  • Kobe on the left elbow, drives inside, doubled, kicks it out, bad pass, Walton couldn’t get the shot off after the bad pass, Kobe comes and collects, has to take the contested three at the buzzer, miss
  • Fisher misses a three
  • Lakers are getting no production at small forward tonight from Walton or Radmanovic. It’s like they’re playing on 4 on 5 out there. Those two guys need to step up.
  • Deron has 2 points and 5 assists this quarter. He’s controlled the Jazz offense beautifully.
  • Harpring knocks down two FTs. That’s 79-68 Utah. Blown opportunity by LA.
  • Kobe drives into the paint, draws the foul on Brewer, bad luck, they had him, great defense until they gave up the silly foul
  • Deron has his wrist in cast/wrap on the sideline as he gets some rest
  • Kobe holds it, works the clock down, Kobe beats Harpring, finds Turiaf for the layup and the foul on Boozer. Lovely pass by Bryant, his 6th assist. Turiaf misses the FT.
  • Utah lead 79-72. Good run by LA to close the quarter. There’s 7 seconds left, Utah ball.
  • Price pushes it off the rebound, tries the three, misses it

Fourth Quarter

  • Turnover LA. Only their second turnover of the second half
  • Lakers second unit is only 5-16. Have to be careful here.
  • Harpring down low with the layup, block by Millsap on the other end, foul Turiaf on the other end as Millsap drives in. Deron blows by Farmar, blocked by Gasol, foul on the drive, he’ll shoot two.
  • “This guy is a tough hombre Mike” Hubie talking about Deron and Deron’s high pain threshold. Great performance by Deron playing through the injury.
  • Jazz up 82-72
  • Farmar dribbles it off his feet, turnover
  • Their bench is caving, gotta pull them Phil
  • Williams misses the three
  • Vujacic drives into the paint and almost turns it over on the kick out. Farmar with the deep three from about 27 feet. Miss. Walton on the offensive boards, layup. Big basket Luke Walton.
  • Williams drives into the paint, Turiaf blocks it, foul. That looked like a clean block to me. Unlucky Ronny. Deron hits two of two
  • Odom comes back in for Turiaf. Bryant comes back in too, for Walton.
  • Offensive foul Kobe Bryant smacking Harpring away from him with the elbow off the ball
  • Huge shot. Deron hits a three pointer.
  • Timeout
  • Jazz lead 86-74
  • Kobe pump fakes from 20, gets Harping up off his feet, draws the foul, gets the three point play.
  • Jazz have to continue getting good shots to win this game. Pick and pop with Deron and Okur, misses the three
  • Fisher misses the layup, Gasol rebounds. Gasol has only 4 points and 1 rebound since halftime. Good rebound. They need this basket here to crank up the pressure.
  • Kobe on the iso, Harpring reaches in, Kobe goes up through his arm, gets the foul. He hits two at the line. Kirilenko comes back in, he’ll be on Kobe now.
  • Jazz lead 86-79
  • Kobe has 27 now
  • There’s a little under 8 minutes left to play
  • Jazz going nowhere offensively, iso for Okur on the post, loses it inside, blocked by Gasol, Boozer blocked by Gasol on the recovery. Jazz foul in the open court, they’re in the penalty, that was on Korver. Fisher hits both. We have a 5 point game.
  • Lakers on a 7-0 run here
  • Deron drives by Fisher, hits the cutter, Kirilenko fouled on the dunk attempt. Good foul by Luke Walton. Walton discussing with Kobe what went wrong. Now Kobe is getting instructions from Phil. Andrei hits both FTs.
  • Kobe with the clear out, one dribble pull up from 16 feet over Kirilenko, miss, Odom on the offensive glass, Korver gets another foul. Odom hits both, he has 12 and 11. Still hasn’t hit a shot in the second half. I don’t think he’s taken a shot either, nope he hasn’t. Odom still 3-3 from the floor.
  • Okur backs down Odom, hand off to Korver, misses the J, offensive rebound Boozer. Deron drives, to Boozer, miss, offensive rebound, layup going right off the glass. Great play by Boozer.
  • They trap Kobe, Walton screens for Fish, open three on the way, no good
  • There’s under 6 minutes left
  • Fisher with a steal down in the post off Boozer
  • Odom looking to go to Gasol, Boozer backed off, Odom drives right at Carlos, picks up the foul on Booz, that’s four on him. Odom will shoot two. Timeout. Boozer has 18 and 17 tonight.
  • Pau Gasol just hasn’t been in this game. He has 10 and 5. Only 9 shots, 5 made. Very few post ups. The Lakers went to Kobe to drag him back so few instances where his passing had value in the second half. He needs to find a way to contribute. His shot blocking presence has been good actually but he needs to get on the glass if he isn’t scoring.
  • Deron has 18 and 11. Okur has 18 also. Those three (Booz) lead Utah.
  • Odom misses the first, hits the second. There’s 5 and a half remaining. The lead is 6 for Utah. 90-84 Jazz.
  • Okur off the curl, gets into the paint, fouled. Hits both.
  • Kobe drives, pulls up at 16, Kobe doubled, splits it, forces it, bricks it on purpose, gets the rebound and the follow up layup. That was intentional, great play.
  • Foul on Walton. Boozer hitsone, offensive rebound right to Boozer, he dribbles inside, layup
  • Trading baskets. LA has to get some stops.
  • Jazz up 95-86
  • Kirilenko fouls Bryant, that’s 5. Kobe hits one of two.
  • Boozer with another rebound. Is that 20 now? 19
  • Walton strips Kirilenko on the help defense with those long wrap around arms of his, fouled on the break, hits both.
  • Jazz lead 95-89. Jazz ball. Four minutes to play. Close game again.
  • Deron up top with the pick and pop with Okur, bad pass by Okur, steal Fisher, gets it to Kobe, he has Korver one and one to the hoop, crosses him over and finishes at the rim
  • Another turnover, another steal by Fisher, foul on Boozer diving for the loose ball and knocking Fisher over on the play. Fish hits one of two.
  • Jazz lead 95-92
  • Fisher with a stinger. He hit his hand flat on the floor on that last fall. Still shaking it off.
  • Timeout. There’s 3:22 remaining. Good comeback by LA from down 13.
  • Screen and roll, Deron to Boozer, two pointer
  • Bryant slips, turns it over
  • Jazz lead 97-92
  • Deron slows it down and milks the clock, gets it to Okur, Jazz doing nothing offensively, Boozer has to go one one on with Odom, face up from 16 feet, one hard dribble and pull up J on the baseline from 13 feet, hits it.
  • Bryant bricks a three
  • Boozer hits the 16 footer
  • Utah lead 101-92
  • Kobe wants to know how this just happened? 6-0 run Utah, 6-0 run Boozer. Great scoring by Boozer and floor leadership by Deron Williams to pull this game out.
  • There’s two minutes to play. Utah need to score to win.
  • Luke rims out a three, Gasol with the offensive rebound in traffic and the layup
  • Utah have nowhere to go, Okur drives, pull up J from 15 feet, hits it.
  • Walton hits the three
  • There’s 1:08 to go
  • Jazz up 6. Deron runs down the clock. Deron kicks it out to Memo. Memo drives in, offensive foul, charge. Turnover. Laker ball. There’s 51 seconds to go. LA need a quick score, Kobe drives from 45 feet, gets tripped 15 feet out, skins the floor. Kobe will shoot two, hits two. There’s 42 seconds remaining. It’s a four point game.
  • Deron will try to kill the clock. They get it to him, he walks it up slowly, Jazz passing it around, Korver takes the three, why? There was double digit seconds left on the shot clock. Okur runs in from 20 feet out, crashes the glass, wins the ball, turnover. Lakers run the other way, Kobe drives, jumps up in the air, has nowhere to go, kicks it out, deflection, it’s a scrum on the floor, jump ball.
  • Timeout
  • Jazz lead 103-99 with 14 seconds off
  • Jump ball Gasol vs Deron, Gasol to Walton, Walton throws a terrible lazy pass, it might have slipped out of his hands, Korver steals the ball, turnover. Kobe forced to foul. Brewer is headed to the line, Brewer misses the first. Officials timeout for Fisher, he’s cut. Big shot for Brewer, he has to hit this FT. Lakers have to call a quick timeout and hit a three. There’s 10 seconds remaining. Brewer hits the second.
  • Lakers sit on the timeout, Kobe comes up, long three, misses

This is over and the Utah Jazz get back in this series. Great win for them tonight. Carlos Boozer got his 20th rebound on that defensive board.

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