The Los Angeles Lakers In 2008 Playoffs

Unfortunately for the purple and gold jerseys Lakers, they fell short to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference.

The playoffs began with the # 1 seed in the Western Conference, the Lakers finished with a 57-25 record. His first playoff game was as Allen Iverson, Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets. Game one was 128-114 for the Lakers, while Pau Gasol scored 36 points for the Lakers and Kobe Bryant added 32 two three games were even a rash that Lakers won the second match in Los Angeles 122 -107 and a game three in Denver 102-84. The Nuggets play four good race, but fell short 107-101 in a game where Kobe poured in 31 more, and Gasol 21. The second round started as the Lakers took over the Utah Jazz. In the first two games of the Los Angeles Lakers were easy winners 109-98 and 120-110. Kobe poured in 38 and 34, helped by Gasol 18 and 20. The series would move to Utah. In the third game, the Lakers lost their first playoff game of the year, ending playoffs to 6 consecutive wins. Game 3 went to Utah 104-99, as Carlos Boozer scored 27 points and grabbed 20 rebounds. Bryant scored 33 points on 33 shots. Lamar Odom helped the Lakers with 26 points and 13 rebounds, but those were not enough, the Jazz had six players in double figures to lead them to a victory and a 2-2 series. The series then returned to Staples Center, where the Lakers held on thanks to a 30-24 fourth quarter to take the 111-104 game and take a 3-2 series lead. This time it was the Lakers with five guys in double figures, led by Kobe 26, 22 and Odom, the Lakers now have a win to advance. In the sixth game, the Lakers would have to return to Salt Lake City, where the Jazz were 4-1 to reach the playoffs. This night belonged to the Lakers. After a first quarter 33-20 and a 62-43 advantage in range, the Lakers held a 35-22 fourth quarter despite a Jazz 108-105 race to win and advance to the final of the Western Conference.

In the conference finals, the Lakers were once again the advantage of the courtyard of the house, this time for the league to defend NBA San Antonio Spurs. This series was not really all that close as the Lakers had little trouble with the Spurs win in five games. Kobe Bryant is the point to point Tim Duncan Spurs and the Lakers defense did a great job of limited Sharp Shooter Mano Ginobli only ten points. The second game, the Spurs had no chance. Winning all four quarters, the Lakers blew out the Spurs 101-71. In a must win three games in San Antonio, the Spurs managed to shoot down the Lakers, this time winning 103-84. Kobe 30 was not enough Ginobli scored 30 as well, and Tim Duncan added 22 and Tony Parker poured in 20. In the fourth game of the Lakers were a winner of two points and a set of five Lakers used a 36-29 fourth quarter edge to win the game and the series. Kobe Bryant was again the star in game five as he scored 39 points, while Pau Gasol added 19 rebounds. The Lakers were once again back in the NBA finals!

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