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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, May 4, 2010

NBA: Lakers grind out win over Jazz, lead series 2-0

AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES Kobe Bryant scored 30 points, Pau Gasol added 22 points and 15 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers methodically pounded the ball inside for a no-nonsense 111-103 victory over the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night, taking a 2-0 lead in their second-round playoff series.

Andrew Bynum had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the defending NBA champions, who exploited their height advantage while steadily maintaining a medium-sized lead throughout the second half of a disjointed, foul-choked game that lasted nearly three hours.

For the third straight postseason, the Lakers have a 2-0 series lead over the Jazz after consecutive wins at Staples Center, where Utah has lost 16 straight games including eight in the playoffs.

Game 3 is Saturday night in Salt Lake City.