Last night was Kobe Bryant’s last game in Utah, it was not a happy last game for Kobe. The Lakers looked inept, the Jazz looked great. This game was over by halftime. A performance by one player stood out, that player being Rodney Hood.
Hood scored 30 points, 2 shy of tying his career high, hitting 8 out of 9 three pointers to tie a Jazz franchise record, set by Jeff Hornaceck. The basket must have looked awfully large to Hood who absolutely poured the points in. These 30 points, as well as 8 3 pointers happened all in the first half. This was probably the best shooting performance seen by Jazz fans. Everybody, or most everybody expected a win from the Jazz, but hardly anybody can say they expected this performance from Hood.
Kobe Bryant managed to lock Hood down for the rest of the game, rarely allowing him to get the ball and not letting him get another shot off. Bryant and Hood both left the game a minute into the 4th quarter. Bryant and Hood had opposite games offensively, Hood had a bountiful night, Bryant had a miserable night. The two opposite offensive games by Hood and Kobe was a summary of the game.
The Lakers were never in this game, being dominated. The final score was 123-75, this was a 48 point difference. Hood was a huge part of this win for the Jazz. The Jazz were the overall better team sorry, Kobe Bryant, last night was Rodney Hoods night.