Lakers beat Jazz, 107-96, to reach next round


Kobe Bryant scored 31 points as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Utah Jazz 107-96 on Monday to finish their Western Conference quarterfinal series in five games.

Lamar Odom added 26 points and 15 rebounds, while Spanish center Pau Gasol registered 17 points and 11 boards for the top-seeded Lakers, who earned several days of rest before meeting the winner of the Houston-Portland series.

The Rockets hold a 3-1 lead in that opening-round set and can complete their first playoff series win since 1997 by capturing Game 5 Tuesday night.

Paul Millsap, who sparked a late Utah run, notched 16 points after coming off the bench, while Andrei Kirilenko and Deron Williams each contributed 14.