Jazz Takes Advantage Of Ailing Kobe, Beats Lakers 102-94

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - 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 quarter.

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 throws.


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