Inactives for tonight:
Lakers – Luke Walton, Coby Karl
Jazz – Morris Almond, Kyrylo Fesenko
In a somewhat surprising move Kwame Brown will suit up for the Lakers after Phil Jackson called him “old and decrepit” after practice yesterday.
10:17 It took only a minute and 43 seconds for Andrew Bynum to make his presence felt on the offensive end, picking up a flurry of quick rebounds off teammates’ misses before throwing in an easy layup over Okur and Boozer. It’ll be interesting to see how Andrew handles the defensive pressure of Utah’s big men who will certainly provide more of a challenge than Phoenix’s sub par front line.
8:16 Bynum’s turning into an allyoop machine for the Lakers, pounding his second straight lob attempt down, the first from Fisher and the second from Kobe. The Lakers look like they’re trying to establish Andrew early on.
6:47 Trevor Ariza just made his second athletic move of the game resulting in his second basket of the night. Phil Jackson said before tonight’s game that Ariza is now comfortable enough to operate in the offense now and he playing like it.
5:18 Kwame Brown makes his grand reappearance for the Lakers as Andrew gets a breather.
4:06 Kobe’s heating up for the Lakers as he makes his second three in a row to push the Lakers lead to 26-13. The Lakers are in the midst of a 12-0 run.
2:42 Jordan Farmar and Vladimir Radmanovic both enter the game for the Lakers as they try to build on their 11 point lead.
1:56 Kobe continues his hot shooting, making his third three in a row. Kobe has 11 points and the team is shooting 64% from the field against only 38% from the Jazz.
17.4 Ronny Turiaf enters the game for the first time, replacing Odom.
0.00 Standing ovation from the STAPLES Center crowd as the Lakers close the quarter up by 15 at 38-23.
11:12 Ronny enters the game and shows up big time on the block for the Lakers, swatting away two shots in a row to open the second quarter, the last of which came against Okur who was only inches from the basket.
9:07 Jordan gets on the board for the first time, exchanging passes with Ronny before swishing a fadeaway jumper from about eight feet out. Jordan’s also done a great job on D since coming into the game as the Lakers’ second unit has pushed the lead to a game-high 22 at 46-24.
7:36 Everyone’s getting involved in the first half for the Lakers as Sasha just nailed a twenty footer to score his first two points of the game. All 10 Lakers that have played have scored as the team continues to shoot over 60% from the field.
6:08 Kobe and Lamar return to the floor for the Lakers.
4:52 Jazz Coach Jerry Sloan just got T’ed up for arguing a call a little too vehemently. Maybe he should be saving his voice for his team, who still trails the Lakers by more than 20 points at 59-38.
4:14 The Lakers play a quick ping pong match with the ball before they finally pull it together for an Odom dunk. Kobe just got called for a technical foul of his own, but the Jazz missed the free throw.
3:13 Looks like the technical call on Kobe is working against the Jazz as #24′s obviously taken exception, nailing two three pointers in a row to push the Lakers’ lead to game-high 25.
Halftime: The Lakers throttled the Jazz in the first half, seemingly dominating the game from the opening tip for a commanding 75-48 lead. Every Laker scored, but Kobe led the way with 21 points and Odom scoring 13 of his own. Andrew Bynum followed up his career day against the Suns with eight points and six rebounds in the first half. The Lakers shot an impressive 58% from the field compared to 38% for the Jazz.
8:53 Kobe isn’t slowing down heading into the 3rd. He’s got six quick ones and the look of a man that doesn’t expect to play much of the fourth quarter. With the Lakers pushing it to a 29-point lead you get the sense that Coby Karl is cursing his inactive status tonight. Could have been big minutes. Javaris on the other hand has to be thinking about getting a lot of action if things hold.
4:57 Lamar heads under the basket totally out of control and gets bailed out by the best player in te league after a wild pass all the way out to the top of the key. Everything is going right for the Lakers as they’ve pushed the lead to 32 (95-63).
3:14 The Lakers take a TO amidst some Jazz free throws that came as a result of a bad/questionable call on an Andrew Bynum block. With a 30-point lead the guys on the bench are much more interested in watching the Chevron car race than they are anything else (Pax Power came out victorious tonight). LA is still shooting a crazy 58.6% from the field. For a complete blowout the game has remained throughly entertaining.
2:47 Remember the bad/questionable call from the 3:14 entry… we’ve got another one. Drew just got his fourth foul on a completely clean block of Boozer. The replay on the jumbotron confirmed it. Kwame is back in the mix.
42.5 Kobe exits the game with 31 points and 7 assists. His night is most likely finished and going home with a 6 of 9 from behind the arc is a pretty good way to call it an evening.
End of 3rd
Farmar cans a trey from three feet behind the line to cap a third quarter that was just more of the same. Besides the ticky tack fouls on Bynum there hasn’t been much to complain about from the Lakers point of view. Even the Laker Girls are taking the fourth quarter lightly–opting for jackets on top.
8:57 Sasha shows Vlad how it’s done, sinking a 20 footer after back-to-back poor sequences by Radman, including his last shot which hit the side of the backboard.
8:32 Bynum returns for the Lakers to replace Kwame.
7:18 Jordan makes an uncontested 15 footer to end a run by the Jazz that cut the lead down to 20, the closest the Jazz have been since halftime. It looks like the Lakers may have fallen asleep a little after building a 34 point lead.
6:17 Javaris Crittenton checks into the game for the first time. If he plays the rest of the game, this could be the most action he’s seen in a while.
3:47 Crit’s only scored one point so far, but has stuck like glue to Jason Hart on defense as it looks like the Lakers have steadied the ship after giving up some points to the Jazz to open the fourth quarter.
FINAL SCORE: Lakers 123, Jazz 109