Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Bynum Powers Lakers Over the Jazz

Suffering from a meniscus injury, Andrew Bynum came away with his best playoff performance of his illustrious career scoring 17 points grabbing 14 rebounds (playoff career high) and 4 blocked shots in 29 minutes of action. The 7 foot center was aggressive right from the start of the game making some uncontested post moves in the paint against the 6 foot 9 Carlos Boozer. It was another good game for the Utah Jazz but it came short as the Lakers had a run on their own to gain the upper hand. Kobe Bryant had his 3rd straight 30 points or more points in the playoffs, scoring a game-high 30 points while Pau Gasol had 22 points and 15 rebounds, Lamar Odom chipped in with 11 points and 15 rebounds, his first double-double of this postseason and Ron Artest added 16 points. Utah came back from large deficits in the first half but still trailing 12 at halftime,46-58. They have chance to close the game after trimming the lead by 4 points in the 4th quarter but Kobe Bryant once again came to the rescue to help the Lakers lead for good. Paul Millsap is teh lone bright spot for the Jazz scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds, while Carlos Boozer and CJ Miles had 20 points apiece. Deron Williams, after averaging 25.8 points in the first round, continues to struggle scoring for only 15 points (postseason low) but had 9 assists. He missed 12 of 16 shots. The Utah Jazz will try to win at home, where they are always successful against the Lakers on Game three's over the years.

In other Semifinal Playoff Game:

The well-rested Orlando Magic bulldoze their way to a victory against the lowly Atlanta Hawks 114-71. Dwight Howard had a dominant game for the Magic finished with 21 points 12 rebounds and 5 swats. The Atlanta Hawks had their fight in the first quarter but came flat from then on, trailing the Magic by 48 points at one point. Josh Smith had 14 points to lead the Hawks.


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