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.
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