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Deron Williams scored 24 points for fifth-seeded Utah, which went 3:51 without a field goal after taking a 93-89 lead. Utah has lost 15 straight to the Lakers at Staples Center, including seven playoff games.
"We got a little rattled coming down the stretch -- put up some shots, they just didn't fall," said Paul Millsap, who scored eight of his 16 points early in the fourth quarter. "We're not playing to get close. We're playing to win the game."
Carlos Boozer had 18 points and 12 rebounds, while C.J. Miles added 16 points, including several difficult baskets in the fourth quarter while the Jazz surged ahead with a 12-1 run. But the Lakers had plenty of time to surge back, leaving Utah again lamenting its finishing skills.
"It is kind of repetitive," said Williams, who didn't appear slowed by his injured elbow. "We had a chance to win this game, but we couldn't make the plays down the stretch. Kobe made some unbelievable shots, and that was pretty much it."
Both teams finished their first-round series roughly 36 hours earlier, with the Lakers winning at Oklahoma City on Gasol's last-second tip-in shortly before Utah held off Denver.
Lakers center Andrew Bynum started and played 24 minutes after discovering a small tear in the meniscus of his right knee Saturday. The 7-footer wore a large brace on his knee, but said it didn't limit him much while collecting eight points and 10 rebounds.
Utah also has pronounced injury problems. With Andrei Kirilenko still sidelined with a strained left calf and center Mehmet Okur out for the postseason, the Jazz struggled to guard the Lakers inside when Los Angeles forced the ball down low.
Williams occasionally was guarded by Ron Artest, whose defense on NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant was praised in the Lakers' first-round win. Williams scored 17 points in the first half, but went just 2 for 7 after halftime.
NOTES: Lakers coach Phil Jackson won his 103rd playoff game with Los Angeles, passing Pat Riley for the franchise lead. The 10-time NBA champion coach's teams are 45-0 in playoff series after winning the first game, including 21-0 with Los Angeles. ... The clubs met in the first round last season and the second round in 2008. Utah beat the Lakers in two playoff series in the late 1990s, and the Lakers won their first postseason meeting in 1988. ... Courtside fans included Sylvester Stallone, director Michael Bay and former Walt Disney Co. CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, who also attended Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s victory over Sugar Shane Mosley in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
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