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Los Angeles Lakers Lose 86-95 to Utah Jazz, Now 1-4 on the Season

November 7th, 2012 at 9:05 PM
By Brandon Duran

The Los Angeles Lakers couldn’t handle the tempo of the Utah Jazz Wednesday night. The opposing guards dribble up and down the court with little defense being played by Los Angeles. The knock on the Lakers going into the game was their lack of effort defensively and they showed once again that they don’t have the will to get stops. Offensively, the Lakers have performed consistently to begin the season but tonight was the exception, shooting a collective 34% from the field. The Lakers never led in the game, and they couldn’t seem to get the deficit lower than six throughout.

Kobe Bryant had 29 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. Dwight Howard had 19 points and 9 boards. Pau Gasol put up 15 points, and 7 rebounds. All five starters played at least 36 minutes. Jordan Hill provided a spark off the bench, crashing the boards with 12 rebounds. Los Angeles combined for only 11 assists on 25 made shots. The Lakers gave up the ball 19 times and turnovers continue to restrict the Lakers transition defense.

Mo Williams accounted for a majority of the Utah offense in the first half but Randy Foye was the player that kept the Lakers’ at bay in second half with his clutch 3 point shots. The Jazz were outrebounded by the Lakers but Utah won the points in the paint battle, 44-36.

The Lakers now head home to face a dangerous Golden State Warriors squad Friday night.

Tags: Basketball, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Lakers, Mo Williams, NBA, Pau Gasol, Randy Foye

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