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Lakers Tune Out the Jazz in First-Round Opener with 113-100 Victory

Published by on April 19, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

In the first half of Game 1 against the Utah Jazz, the Lakers played team basketball like a magnificent symphony orchestra. They hit all the high notes at their end and kept the Jazz fiddling around for whatever low notes the Lakers left them.

The Lakers shot 76 percent from the field in the first quarter and 66 percent by halftime. With three players in double figures, the Lakers cruised to a 62-40 lead at the half.

The Lakers shot 56 percent (5-for-9) from the three-point arc while holding the Jazz to just 14 percent (1-for-7) and only 35 percent overall.

Obviously confidence was on the Lakers’ side. While the Lakers’ defense was strong, the Jazz had little confidence in their shooting, fail...

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