sticksL.A. Times: The Lakers bolted to a 22-point first-half lead in Game 1 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series Sunday, knowing the Utah Jazz would not give in no matter what.

And the Jazz didn’t, punishing the Lakers inside, getting to the free-throw line way too often, and making it a game until the Lakers stood firm in pulling out a 113-100 victory over the Jazz at Staples Center.

At issue for the Lakers were how many points the Jazz scored in the paint (44) and how many second-chance points (24) Utah got.

More importantly, how many layups and dunks the Jazz scored against the Lakers defense in the second half.

Before the series started, one Western Conference scout who requested anonymity because it is his team’s policy, said this about the Jazz.

“They rarely settle for the shot of least resistance,” he said. “They’ll make one more extra pass to get a closer shot.”

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  • imfasterthanur

    Call me an optimist, but I don’t think one game is enough to decide whether or not we can “foretell” future troubles. I want to believe that we’ve learned something from last year.

    But I guess if I was a journalist, I’d have to find SOMETHING to write about, right?

  • WifelovesLuke

    The first game of a series is a feeling out. Adjustments are made and lessons are learned. Lakers are fine.

    On a side note: having to bang with an opponent like Utah early in the playoffs is only going to benefit our interior guys like Gasol, Bynum and Odom as we move to the next round. Whether it is Portland or Houston, your physical presense down low is going to be huge.

    Finally, I absolutely love watching what kind of player Kobe has evolved into. So unselfish to start and a dagger when it counts. I was having flash backs of MJ while watching game 1 on Sunday.

  • imfasterthanur

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    I agree, he managed game 1 so well.

  • Laker8Nate24

    OK you know this is laker land when we r being criticized and hated on for winning ONLY by 13 rofl…Did any1 see what retard azz jim rome said? he said no way we can beat the cleveland lebrons by playing like that?!>!….r u serious? we only beat them twice this yr once in cleveland so stfu jim rome…every1 needs 2 settle down, we will prolly sweep our way to the finals…jim rome can lick lisa lampenellis K U N T

  • lakers58

    i agree jim rome is a dousche