Utah kept coming, relentlessly closing within six points time and again. The Lakers never let their lead get away.
Kobe Bryant scored 26 points, Pau Gasol added 22 and Lamar Odom
had 19 off the bench in a 119-109 victory over the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night, giving Los Angeles a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 first-round Western Conference playoff series.
The Lakers' Phil Jackson notched his 195th career postseason victory, the most of any coach in NBA history.
Deron Williams scored a career playoff-high 35 points and Carlos Boozer had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who head home for Game 3 on Thursday. They again played without injured center Mehmet Okur.
Utah lost its 11th in a row at Staples Center, including playoff