Tom Smart, Deseret News
By the numbers
29-17: Although the Jazz rallied to make things interesting in the third quarter, they never overcame the scoring advantage the Lakers had in the second quarter. The surge allowed L.A. to build a lead as large as 22 points late in the decisive first half.
Pau Gasol did a lot of damage over the first two quarters. The L.A. forward scored 17 points, made 7-of-9 shots from the field and grabbed seven rebounds (three offensive) while pacing the victorious Lakers to a 58-41 advantage at the break.
Up next: Locker clean-out
After getting swept for the first time in franchise history in a best-of-7 playoff series, the Utah Jazz will return to EnergySolutions Arena today to meet with the coaching staff and clean out their lockers. It's the third consecutive year that Utah's season ended with a loss to Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.
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