Notebook: Jazz 95, Lakers 86



Posted Nov 8, 2012 7:08 AM

By Andrew Aragon, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: It didn't matter that their high-profile and super-talented opponents were in town trying to shake a sluggish start to the 2012-13 season -- the Utah Jazz were just as desperate for a victory.

Al Jefferson scored 18 points and collected 10 rebounds and Randy Foye came off the bench to score 17 points to lead the Jazz to a much-needed 95-86 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night. Mo Williams chipped in 16 points and seven assists for the Jazz, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Kobe Bryant had 29 points and Dwight Howard had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who are off to a 1-4 start.

QUOTABLE: "Oh man, I was feeling it. I've got to give a lot of credit to my teammates. My teammates found me at the right spots and I just knocked down the shots."

-- Foye on his night

THE STAT: The Lakers shot 33.8 percent. They were at their worst coming out of the locker room, shooting 26.3 percent in the first quarter and 27.8 percent in the third quarter. Los Angeles seemingly had as many open looks as Utah, but managed to make just 25 field goals. Howard was the only Laker to shoot better than 50 percent. The 86 points scored were the fewest of the season for the Lakers.

TURNING POINT: With the Jazz in dire need of an offensive spark, Foye provided one with long-range bombs during the fourth quarter. He hit four 3-pointers during a little more than a three-minute span that followed a dreadful offensive stretch for the Jazz. The Lakers were making a charge before Foye's second 3-pointer of the quarter made it 73-65. He then buried 3s on back-to-back possessions to put Utah ahead 79-68 with 6:40 remaining.

HOT: Foye and the rest of the bench gave the Jazz a boost. Foye shot 5-for-9 from 3-point range, Enes Kanter (nine points), Derrick Favors (eight points) and Alec Burks (two points) helped Utah's bench outscore Los Angeles' 36-12

NOT: The Lakers thoroughly missed Steve Nash. In his place was Steve Blake, who missed great, wide-open 3-point looks. He missed his first three 3-pointers in the first quarter when Bryant had set him up well with open looks. Blake finished with six points on 2-for-10 shooting and had just one assist.

QUOTABLE II: "We're all frustrated. I'm very frustrated too with the simple fact that I just didn't think we played the game like we talked about going into the game. We wanted to be the ones to hit first. We wanted to be the ones to play through their physicality and I thought we didn't."

-- Lakers coach Mike Brown

GOOD MOVE: With their shots not falling from long range, close range or mid-range, the Lakers stayed in the game by attacking on offense. They continued to go hard to the basket, and drew 30 fouls. They had a 46-18 advantage in free throws attempted. If L.A. hadn't scored 32 points at the free-throw line, the Jazz would have had a much easier night.

BAD MOVE: Bryant, obviously not at 100 percent while dealing with right ankle and foot injuries, was too unselfish early on. He mostly passed instead of attacked until the fourth quarter when he scored 16 of his points. If he had imposed his will on Utah for the much of the game as he did in the final six minutes, the outcome could have been different.

NOTABLE: Lakers are 1-4 for the first time since the 1993-94 season, and they have the worst record in the Western Conference. Utah never trailed in Wednesday's game. Jordan Hill had a season-high 12 rebounds for the Lakers.

UP NEXT: For the Lakers, Friday vs. Golden State, Sunday vs. Sacramento, Tuesday vs. San Antonio. For the Jazz, Friday @ Denver, Saturday vs. Phoenix, Monday @ Toronto.