Jazz stay in playoff race after win over Lakers

Updated: 2008-05-10 14:43

SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah Jazz kept their playoff hopes alive with a 104-99 win over the LA Lakers on Friday, cutting the deficit to 2-1 in the best of seven series.

Utah Jazz Carlos Boozer dives for a loose ball against Los Angeles Lakers Lamar Odom (R) during Game 3 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball series in Salt Lake City, Utah May 9, 2008. The Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Lakers 104-99. [Agencies] 

Carlos Boozer scored 27 points and had 20 rebounds as the Jazz set up a fascinating game four on Sunday.

The defeat was the Lakers' first in this year's playoffs and came despite 34 points from Kobe Bryant.

The Jazz were 52-43 up after the second quarter and managed to hold off the Lakers' attempts at a late comeback.

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