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Kobe, Lakers Take theJazz in Five

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 27:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on after defeating the Utah Jazz in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on April 27, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers defeated the Jazz 107-96 to win the series 4-1. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Chris AllenSenior Analyst IApril 30, 2009

Kobe Bryant and the Lakers were able to defeat the Utah Jazz in five games after a 107-96 win on Monday night.

The Lakers will now move on to play either the Houston Rockets, against whom they went 4-0 this season, or the Portland Trailblazers, against whom they went 2-2.

The Rockets lead that series 3-2 and will play Game 6 in tonight in Houston.

During their first-round series against Utah, the Lakers were stripped down and showed a very dangerous weakness. Throughout the series, the Lakers led by at least 20 points in all of their games but ended up having that lead widdled down by the end of every game.

In one case, it resulted in a two-point loss.

The Lakers also have their strong points, however, with a team full of chemistry and stars. No matter who the Lakers face in round two of the NBA Playoffs, fans and analysts seem to think they will come out on top.

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