The Stat Line of the Night — 5/4/10 — Kobe Bryant
The Jazz are in all kinds of trouble in their Western Conference Playoff series with the Lakers. Boozer and Millsap are playing as well as they can, but the Lakers big men just seem dominant. The man that is getting to the basket at will, however, is a man the Jazz have never really been able to contain. Kobe Bryant.
The Lakers are now up 2-0 in the series after winning handily last night by a score of 111-103. Kobe Bryant scored 30 points in the win. Although is shooting wasn’t red hot, he shot 10-22, it wasn’t bad. What he was able to do is get to the line consistently and cause foul trouble for the Jazz big men. He went to the line 11 times, scoring on 10 of them. He also had 8 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks, and a steal. It was a well-rounded effort by the L.A. superstar.
The Lakers seem firmly in control of the series as they head to Utah for games 3 and 4. Even if Utah can manage a victory or two there, the Lakers have little to be concerned about. They have homecourt advantage in the series and the Jazz have not won at L.A. in its last 16 tries. That streak includes the playoffs. For now, Kobe takes home “The Stat Line of the Night”.