NBA Roundtable

Game Five: Los Angeles vs Utah

In 2008 NBA Playoffs, Game Log / Recap on May 15, 2008 at 5:30 am

I just can’t see LA losing this game tonight. Two championship caliber ball clubs who have excellent offenses, this should be fun.

  • Fisher nails a three
  • Lakers up 8-2 after two minutes
  • Brewer had a fastbreak dunk after stealing the ball from LA
  • Brewer with another wide open dunk, nice pass by Utah, bad defense by LA
  • Deron runs the break, kicks it back, another layup Brewer
  • Brewer has all 8 Jazz points, the Lakers lead 11-8.
  • Kobe with a nice fadeaway J out of the mid post over Ronnie
  • Two more Jazz turnovers, is that 5 now? Doug Collins answers my question, thanks Doug
  • Timeout
  • Lakers lead 15-8
  • Okur misses the one handed leaner out of the low post
  • Deron Williams smokes the 18 footer on the inbounds play. The Jazz are 5-7 from the floor. The Lakers are 6-10.
  • Fisher drives inside, foul on Williams. That could have gone to Boozer just as easily, he fouled him two and that would have been his second
  • Brewer sneaks free on that baseline, layup
  • Kobe is cheating off of Brewer consistently and trying to help on Boozer and Williams. Kobe has to stay home more often.
  • Boozer drives inside, misses the runner, Kobe mistimes the rebound, extra bounce on the rim, Odom mistimes the rebound, right to Boozer, fouled.
  • Radmanovic doesn’t rotate out, open J, Kirilenko hits it.
  • Lakers are up 19-16
  • Radmanovic catches it at the top of the key, jab step, three pointer
  • Williams misses the jumper over Kobe
  • Odom dribbles up the court, weaves his way into the paint on the break, finds Radmanovic open in the corner, he hits the three pointer
  • Deron to Kirilenko from 19 feet in the corner, hits it
  • Skipping ahead to the two minute mark. Boozer and Turiaf trade turnovers. Kyle Korver pops into the corner for a three on the fastbreak. Lakers lead 27-23 with one minute to play in the first
  • Harpring muscles his way down under the hoop for a layup over two Lakers
  • Kobe holds it for the final shot, turnover, Price to Korver to Boozer, foul on Odom.
  • End of One
  • Lakers lead 29-26
  • Gasol is averaging 18 and 8 in this series after putting in 22 and 9 in the first round. Also less blocks, almost double turnovers, an assist less per game also. Shooting a higher percentage from the field but much lower from the FT line, only 61%. They need Gasol to step it up to be a true contender.
  • Offensive rebound Gasol, dunk
  • Okur has a sore Achilles for the past few days
  • Farmar hits a three. He was 1-17 in the series prior to this.
  • Gasol hits a midrange J. He’s out there leading the second unit
  • Lakers coaches on Farmar – Fisher is 33 years old, if you want to be the heir apparent you have to show us something more than offense. You have to show defense, rebounding, passing, something to effect the game
  • Williams hits a jumper over Farmar
  • Farmar misses a jumper over Williams
  • Gasol blocked twice, once by Millsap, once by Korver. It looked like he had an easy layup both times. He sticks with it, fouled.
  • Timeout
  • Haha some fun audio clips of Lamar Odom walking around the court singing different songs at various stages of the game
  • Jazz turn it over, Kobe steals, bulls his way through the middle of the floor into the paint, foul
  • Lakers lead 40-33 with 7 minutes to play
  • Okur misses a wide open fallaway (why fallaway I don’t know?) from 10 feet on the left block off a screen.
  • Vujacic hits a three pointer
  • Lamar Odom gases past Boozer, misses the layup, Gasol fouled on the rebound
  • Williams gets into the paint, out to Okur, out to Miles, bad pass by Miles to Kirilenko, spills out of Andrei’s hands
  • Vujacic misses the three after the catch and shoot off the curl. Offensive rebound LA, Kobe pump fake, gets his man to go by, takes one step in one the drive, defense converges, out to Fish at the top of the key, into the paint, pass to Gasol, foul.
  • Gasol again. He has 9 points in the quarter. Created from Kobe on the screen and roll
  • Okur over Odom in the post
  • Lakers lead 48-39
  • Lamar Odom over Boozer. He just put on the jets on the fastbreak and took Boozer right to the rim. He’s averaging 18 and 12.5 against the Jazz
  • Another Utah turnover, Bryant steals it, fastbreak, Kobe runs it down, passes it to … Jerry Sloan. Nobody on his wing.
  • Okur hits a three pointer on the right wing over Odom
  • Deron deflects Odom’s pass, fastbreak Kirilenko dunk
  • Fisher starts to drive, Odom cuts behind the backboard, cuts under the rim, bullet pass by Fish to Odom, layin. Great pass.
  • Kobe turns it over again
  • Deron dancing over Odom, and draining the 16 footer off the right elbow
  • 53-50 Lakers
  • Pass ahead to Kobe ahead of the break on the left wing, holds up the ball, centres it to Gasol, dunk
  • Deron Williams drives into the paint and draws the foul
  • Kobe gets past his man, look away pass to Odom, layup, miss, Gasol tips it up
  • Halftime
  • 61-54 Lakers
  • Some Team Stats – Jazz winning on the boards 17-14, and 9-7 offensive boards. Lot of offensive boards for both teams. Jazz have 15 turnovers, Lakers have 11 turnovers. Combined turnovers/steals is 12-10 Lakers. Lakers have 15 assists on 21 made field goals, Jazz have 14 assists on 20 field goals, both took 38 shots. Lakers 3-6 from three, Jazz 6-9 from three. Lakers are 13-15 from the line, Jazz are 11-13.
  • Lakers have 24 points in the paint, Utah 20.
  • Lakers scored 20 points off of 15 Jazz turnovers

Second half

  • Brewer slashes inside, fouled by Fisher. Brewer hits two FTs. He has 12 and 12 minutes. Radmanovic had 10 points in 9 minutes. Who’ll win the scoring per minut battle?
  • Deron pushes it off the defensive rebound, Deron loses it, bounces right to Boozer, layup off the bounce
  • Lakers lead 61-58
  • Fisher fires another long J from the left wing, nice shot
  • Deron works Fisher, bumping, backing him down, off balance fadeaway from 16 feet in the middle of the floor
  • Odom with the defensive rebound, pushes it, spots Fish in the corner, offensive rebound Odom, turnover on the bad pass by Odom. Kirilenko gets the steal, kicks it ahead, gets it back, layup
  • Gasol inside, four players trap Gasol, poor pass, almost a turnover. Ball goes to Kobe, he’s had enough, drives inside and draws the foul
  • Deron Williams nails a three and ties the game at 69 with 7:30 to play in the third
  • Deron pushes it hard off of Gasol’s miss, oh incredible no look wrap around pass after the behind the back dribble to Brewer, travel by Brewer.
  • Utah is on a 15-8 run in the third
  • Okur from three, misses
  • Kobe the other way, has Williams in the post, Deron reaches, Kobe spins the other way, layup. Lakers take the lead back. Kobe has 17 points
  • Doug Collins thinks Kobe is going to look to assert himself on the game here. I agree. The game is getting away from LA a bit, he’ll look to settle them down.
  • Kobe in the post on the left elbow, double, pass over the top to Odom, layup
  • Boozer has Gasol in the post, turnaround J in the lane, rolls around, Brewer gets under the hoop and gets the tip
  • Gasol with the face up from 17 feet, drives right, posts up, Kirilenko doubles, steals the ball
  • Boozer misses a short J
  • Up and under finger roll from Gasol in the left block, rolls off
  • Deron Williams orchestrating the bench, centering the ball to Brewer, touch pass to Boozer, layup
  • Kobe drives from the left wing, to the rim, dunk, nope foul. Kobe misses both FTs
  • Game is tied at 73
  • Kirilenko blows the layup, offensive rebound Millsap, out to Williams. Walton picks up the blocking foul. Inbounds to Deron, out to Brewer, Brewer doesn’t have the pass, settles for the 20 footer, misses
  • Defensive rebound Odom, Odom dribbles it up, turns on the gas, takes it to the rim, foul. Odom hits both FTs
  • Boozer faces up Boozer from 14 feet, jab step right, Gasol buy sit, drives left, layup, blocked by Odom
  • Jazz turn it over. They stepped out of play.
  • Timeout
  • Most playoff games before 30 – Magic Johnson leads all players. Kobe is second. Horace Grant is third. Scottie Pippen fourth. Interesting list.
  • Kirilenko getting some rest now. Brewer has struggled with Kobe late, Kirilenko will get the assignment
  • Kobe hits one of two at the line.
  • Lakers up 76-73
  • Boozer bricks a 16 footer over Odom, offensive rebound Brewer, dunk
  • Two minutes to go in the third
  • Bryant gets a clear out on Harpring on the left wing, drives right through the middle, foul, layup. Kobe has 20 points now. Kobe hits the FT. Three point play. Lakers up four.
  • Walton deflects the pass out of play. Still Jazz ball. Harpring posts up Walton, drives left, Walton strips him, knocks it out of bounds. Still Utah ball. Walton called for a holding foul on Harpring before the shot. Nice little battle here. I like watching these two go at it. Harpring makes his FTs, that’s 16 consecutive FTs.
  • Offensive foul on Millsap, that’s four. Kirilenko back in
  • End of the third

Fourth Quater

  • The game is tied at 81 apiece
  • Radmanovic drains a three from the top of the key to beat the shot clock
  • Deron misses the turnaround out of the post along the baseline
  • Gasol takes the 16 footer, miss
  • Deron dribbles up top, over to Harpring, Deron across, Korver runs off the pick on the weak side, curls up top, 19 footer, good
  • Williams with a lovely bounce pass to Okur on Mehmet’s cut, fouled on the layup. Okur hits 1 of 2.
  • Game tied at 84 with 10 minutes to go
  • Utah have never led in this game
  • Laker possession, Walton with a fadeaway out of the post from 16 feet to beat the shot clock, foul by Harpring. Terrible foul. Bail out foul. You play brilliant defense for 23 seconds and then just throw it all down the drain for a silly reach
  • Walton makes 1 of 2
  • Foul by Vujacic, looked like a turnover there. Nice pass over the top by Kirilenko into Williams, misses the layup
  • Vujacic misses the three, Walton keeps it alive and smacks out to 40 feet, Lakers retain possession. LA feeds Gasol inside, foul on Okur. Go back to Gasol. Kirilenko knocks it away from Walton, Walton retrieves 9 seconds on the clock at halfcourt, Gasol comes up for the screen and roll, slips backdoor, Walton hits him, layup
  • Deron with a layup off the dribble on the other end
  • Farmar responds right back with a layup and a foul
  • Timeout
  • Lakers lead 89-86
  • Lakers look in control
  • Kirilenko gets the layup to cut the lead to 2. Kirilenko is doing good work as always at power forward. He gave Odom a nice pump fake at 20 feet, got him off his feet, went right by him and took the layup
  • Odom draws the foul inside on Matt Harpring
  • Odom with the authoratative dunk, set up by Odom’s baseline cut off of Kobe’s penetration
  • Deron drives inside, finds AK wide open for three, miss, Jazz scrap for the rebound, Boozer gets it, misses it, out of bounds. LA ball.
  • Offensive rebound by Boozer again, blocked by LA. Boozer is 4-13 from the field now.
  • Vujacic fell over and dribbled the foot out of play off his leg. The refs gave him the foul though, Sasha will shoot two because Utah are in the penalty, he hits both.
  • Lakers lead 94-88 with 7 minutes to play
  • Boozer throws his chest into Gasol, offensive foul, nope called on Gasol. Boozer smacked his shoulder into Gasol’s chest. Bad call back to back.
  • Memo with the head fake, drives, to Deron, three pointer. Halves the Laker lead. Deron has 24 points on 7-14 shooting.
  • Ball into Gasol off the right elbow, Odom cuts through the middle, pass to Odom, dunk and the foul. Odom hits the FT. Lakers back up 6.
  • Boozer travels on his spin move
  • Timeout
  • We’re at the halfway point in the fourth
  • Lakers lead 97-91
  • Lakers look in control
  • Utah lead the boards 36-26.
  • Okur ran off two staggered screens along the baseline, popped out for a three, Odom fouled him on the floor. Okur hit two FTs. Defensive rebound Okur after Fisher’s miss.
  • Kirilenko to Korver, missed three pointer
  • Fisher out to Lamar, over to Vujacic, to Kobe in the high post along the baseline, Lamar Odom runs over and calls for the ball. Kobe gives it to him. Lamar wants to take Okur one-on-one, he drives left right past Okur, tough runner in traffic, missed the shot. Nice aggressiveness from Lamar.
  • Boozer fouled, Booz hits 1 of 2. Down 3 now. Four and a half minutes to go. Booz has 14
  • Gasol in the post, passes to Kobe off the curl at the elbow, foul off the ball on Andrei. Derek Fisher will shoot two, Fisher hits both. Lakers back up 5.
  • Fisher misses a three out of the corner
  • Williams runs the break, spins into the break, out to Korver in the right corner, three pointer, miss
  • Defensive rebound Kobe Bryant. Lakers come up, move the ball, Vujacic misses a three off of Kobe drive and kick
  • Lakers lead 99-94 with 3 minutes to play
  • Lakers look in control
  • Boozer with a good hoop in traffic
  • Silly foul by Deron, that was a soft foul and unneccessary. Fisher will shoot two, little hold was the foul, Fisher hits two. Lakers up 101-96
  • Technical foul on Vujacic, Korver knocked him him over, Korver comes back up giving Korver a lot of a lip. Utah get the FT. Four point lead.
  • Jazz inbound. Korver to Deron, Korver runs through from the right wing, down the middle, down the baseline, out to the corner, up the to the left wing, gets teh ball two passes later, drives inside, sets up a teammate, they miss the shot, offensive rebound, out to Deron Williams, three pointer
  • Gasol sets up Vujacic for a three, miss. He’s 1-10. Offensive rebound Gasol on the long rebound. Nice penetration, dish to Lamar, dunk. Great play by Kobe Bryant, his 7th assist.
  • Deron shoots from behind the screen, misses the three, Okur on the offensive boards (Fisher had him on the switch), layup
  • Kobe hasn’t shot the ball in the fourth quarter
  • Gasol posts up Okur on the right block, spins middle, finger roll, he has 19 points.
  • Defensive rebound Odom
  • Lakers lead 105-102 with 40 seconds to play
  • Fisher holds onto the ball, gets it to Kobe, high screen and roll, Kobe drives inside, the defense collapses, kicks it to Vujacic for the open the three in the left corner, oh in and out, offensive rebound by Gasol, slam dunk. Huge rebound by Gasol, huge finish too.
  • Lakers lead 107-102 with 20 seconds to play
  • Timeout Jazz
  • Deron for three from the top of the key, miss, defensive rebound, Fisher fouled, Fisher misses the first FT, hits the second FT.
  • Lakers lead 108-102 with 15.5 seconds to play.
  • 20 second timeout.
  • Boozer with the fadeaway two along the baseline, makes it
  • In to Kobe, fouled. Not sure why they fouled him, this game is over. Kobe hits the first, hits the second.

Lakers led from start to finish and won. I like their chances of closing out this series in Utah in Game Six

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