On This Date in NBA History: May 10, The 2010 Lakers Swept First-Round Series

Dec 10, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol (16) and guard Kobe Bryant (24) react during the game against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center. The Suns defeated the Lakers 114-108. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

2010 – With a 111-96 Los Angeles Lakers victory over the Utah Jazz in Game 4, the eventual champion Lakers swept their first-round series. Pau Gasol scored a game-high 33 points en route to the victory. Kobe Bryant also put up 32 points. Lamar Odom had an impressive plus/minus of positive 30 for Lakers as well.

Bryant and Gasol are still with the Lakers, but have not made it to the NBA Finals since 2010. During the 2013-14 season, Los Angeles played at its highest pace since 1988-89 (according to Basketball-Reference). If Bryant plays the majority of the upcoming season, the pace should not be as high.

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