Jazz 102, Lakers 94
Deron Williams scored eight straight points to start the fourth
quarter and finished with 21 points and 11 assists to help the Utah
Jazz end the Lakers’ 11-game winning streak by beating Los Angeles
102-94 Saturday night.
Utah took advantage as Kobe Bryant struggled with a broken index
finger from a game the night before and a stomach bug, which caused
him to get IV fluids before the game and at halftime. The Jazz held
the ailing Bryant to 16 points on 7 of 24 shooting. Bryant didn’t
score in the second half until less than five minutes remained in
the game and Utah already up by 15.
The Jazz also avenged a loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles on
Wednesday, when Utah scored just six points in the fourth
Carlos Boozer had 12 points, eight rebounds and seven assists
for the Jazz and Wesley Matthews and Ronnie Brewer scored 19 apiece
as Utah ended the Lakers’ streak. Mehmet Okur added 10 points as
all five starters for Utah scored in double figures.
Each member of Los Angeles’ starting five was also in double
digits, but they couldn’t keep up with Utah’s starters.
Pau Gasol had 20 rebounds, tying the career high he set the
night before in a win over Minnesota. He and Ron Artest had 16
points each, and Andrew Bynum added 13 for Los Angeles, which last
lost Nov. 15 at home to Houston.
The Jazz led by six at halftime, then pulled away on several
small runs in the second half.
Jordan Farmar took a steal in for a layup that got Los Angeles
to within 80-71 at the end of the third quarter, but with Bryant
resting on the bench to start the fourth the Lakers fell too far
behind to make a comeback.
The Lakers missed their first seven shots of the fourth, not
scoring until Lamar Odom tipped in his own miss and cut Utah’s lead
to 88-73 with 8:52 left.
Williams started the period with two layups, went 1 for 2 on a
trip to the line and then muscled a layup through a strong foul by
Bynum and converted the three-point play to put Utah up 88-71 with
9:04 left in the game.
Bryant didn’t score in the second half until he hit a 19-foot
jumper with 4:51 left, then he added a 3-pointer 29 seconds later
to get the Lakers within 12. Bryant later converted a three-point
play with 3:05 remaining that got the Lakers to 96-85.
The Jazz ran the shot clock almost all the way down on the next
possession, passing the ball around until Miles just beat the
buzzer with a 3-pointer to erase what little doubt remained.
NOTES: The Jazz dressed 12 players for the first time this
season. … The Lakers were 8 for 26 in the fourth quarter. …
Utah was 40 for 77 from the field and made 15 of 18 free