Jazz Hand Lakers First Playoff Loss

Boozer scores 27 to help Utah cut LA's lead to 2-1
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2008 11:37 PM CDT
Jazz Hand Lakers First Playoff Loss
Utah Jazz forward Carlos Boozer, right, and Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher (2) scramble for the ball during the fourth quarter of Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference semifinal series.    (AP Photo/Steve C. Wilson)

Carlos Boozer broke out of his slump with 27 points and tied his career playoff-high with 20 rebounds, leading the Utah Jazz to a 104-99 victory over Los Angeles last night, cutting the Lakers' lead in the series to 2-1. It was the Lakers' first loss this postseason. Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinal is Sunday at Utah.

The win made the home teams 11-0 in the four conference semifinal series. Deron Williams had 18 points and 12 assists for Utah, which atoned for two miserable performances in Los Angeles by taking the lead early in the second quarter and hanging on to it the rest of the way. Kobe Bryant scored 34 points for the Lakers. (More NBA stories.)

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