The Lakers numbers in most of the important categories looked better than the Jazz in every category besides rebounding (38-52). L.A. outshot Utah from the floor 50 percent to 38.1, hit 7-of-11 3-pointers compared to 9 for 24 for the Jazz, and hit 31 free throws compared to 22 for Utah.
After spotting the Lakers seven points, Utah scored the next six, closing to 7-6. It was all Los Angeles after that as it went on a 19-6 run to grab a 14-point lead and held onto a 33-20 advantage at the break. Kobe Bryant had 10 points, and Carlos Boozer led the Jazz with six points. Utah shot only 7-of-23 from the floor.
The Lakers dominated every facet of the game. They outscored the Jazz 29-23 in the quarter, had seven assists compared to only three, and shot 50 percent from the floor compared to only 33 percent for the Jazz. The Jazz had a chance to cut the lead to 10 at 56-46 with just under two minutes remaining, but a missed 3-pointer led to a 6-0 run for the Lakers to close out the half up 19 at 62-43.
Trading baskets was not a blueprint for getting back in the game for Utah. The two teams maintained for most of the quarter with the Jazz never cutting the Los Angeles lead to less than 13 before ending down 16 at 86-70. The Lakers hit 9-of-16 shots from the floor and 5-of-8 free throws to keep their lead. Pau Gasol scored nine points as did Ronnie Brewer for the Jazz.
The Jazz made a run as Paul Millsap scored 12 points in the quarter and pulled down seven rebounds. Mehmet Okur and Andrei Kirilenko both hit two 3-pointers to cut the Laker lead to two. After a couple of possessions and L.A. free throws, Utah had two 3-pointers to tie as Okur and Deron Williams, who had eight assists in the quarter, missed and the Jazz fell 108-105.
The Jazz will be cleaning out their lockers after having their season ended in Game 6 to the Lakers, losing the series 4-2. Los Angeles moves to the Western Conference Finals where it faces the winner of the San Antonio-New Orleans series, which is tied at 3-3 with Game 7 on Monday night in New Orleans.