Amazing 4th Quarter Rally Gives Lakers 10th Straight WinWed, 16 Dec 2009 15:55
This win against the Jazz by the Lakers will definitely count as one of the best games of the Lakers this season. The Lakers are now just one game away from finishing an undefeated six-game homestand which will be against the Timberwolves. It will be concluded if they win against the Minnesota Timberwolves who are last in the standings in the Western Conference with a 3-19 record, only second in the league to New Jersey with a 2-20 record. It was a ballgame in the first 3 periods until the fourth quarter got on the way and the Lakers avalanched through Utah. The Lakers, now with a league best of 17-3 record, had advantageous wins against their opponents since their first 17 of 21 games are all at home. Their only losses were against the Golden State, Denver, and Dallas. The defending champions will really be tested after they end their homestand and play their next 19 of 28 games on the road but judging the way they play this early in the season, it won’t make much of a difference on the road. Leading the league with 33.2 rebounds per game, their opponents won’t have too much second chance points against them. They also hold their opponents to a league best of 42.3% field goal shooting. Lakers playing unconsciously in 4th period The fourth quarter opened up with the Los Angeles Lakers having a 2-point lead against the Jazz. In the 101-77 win against the Jazz, the Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant had the top performance of the game with 27 points, 6 rebounds, and 8 assists. Pau Gasol also had an outstanding game and a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Ron Artest then added 17 points with 7 rebounds. Jordan Farmar, the inconsistent backup guard, contributed 11 points for the Lakers and Andrew Bynum scored 14 points and played an outstanding defense to force two shot clock violations in the final period. This win was also the Lakers’ 13th straight win over the Jazz. Utah hasn’t beaten LA since January 1, 2006, including 6 losses in the past two playoffs. Utah not getting it done in final period The Utah Jazz was just held to 6 points with a 2-for-18 shooting in the final period of the game. They only scored their first field goal in the 4th with 4:35 to play when Deron Williams made a jumper. They were scoreless for 6 minutes in a poor shooting game. The next basket was scored by CJ Miles in the final minute of regulation. Utah also had 9 turnovers in the 4th quarter while the LA had none. Deron Williams had no field goal in the first 7:25 of the 4th quarter. Williams also contributed 17 points, 2 rebounds, and 8 assists for Utah. Carlos Boozer only scored 11 points, adding 12 rebounds and failed to score at least 21 points for the first time in 9 games. Mehmet Okur and Miles each added 14 points in Wednesday night’s loss to the defending champions.
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