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Posted on: Tuesday, May 4, 2010

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


By GREG BEACHAM
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.