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Jazz beat Lakers 117-110 for 3rd straight victory

By BETH HARRIS


Posted Dec 10 2012 12:08AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) Paul Millsap scored 24 points, Mo Williams added 22 and the Utah Jazz defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 117-110 on Sunday night for their third straight victory.

Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 34 points, making 12 of 14 free throws, as they fell to 4-7 in their last 11 games.

Al Jefferson and reserves Gordon Hayward and Enes Kanter added 14 points each for the Jazz, which improved to 4-9 on the road in ending a two-game skid away from home.

The Lakers never led in the second half while losing their second in a row. They trailed by three to start the fourth quarter only to get outscored 20-8 and fall behind by 15. Hayward had seven points and Kanter six in Utah's spurt.

Bryant, who shot 9 of 24 while playing 43 minutes, engineered one last charge. He had seven points in a 17-7 run that got the Lakers to 115-110 with 1:10 to play. But he missed two 3-pointers in the final 33 seconds.

Jordan Hill added 17 points and Jodie Meeks 16 off the Lakers' bench.

The Jazz owned a 54-34 edge in the paint and outscored the Lakers 19-4 on fast breaks.

Bryant took over in the third with 14 points as the Lakers outscored the Jazz 34-28. He made four straight free throws to leave the Lakers trailing 88-85 going into the fourth.

Dwight Howard's dunk had the Lakers down by one, but the Jazz responded again with another scoring burst to extend their lead. Williams had four of their nine points before Bryant's free throw binge. Howard finished with 11 points and 16 rebounds.

Los Angeles closed within one midway through the second quarter. The Jazz responded with a 14-3 run, including 11 in a row, to go up 55-43. DeMarre Carroll scored six points, including a fastbreak reverse layup and a dunk made possible when Hayward found the streaking Carroll on the break.

The Lakers made a little run of their own, led by seven straight points from Hill and a free throw by Bryant to end the half trailing 60-51 despite shooting 36 percent.

The Jazz scored the game's first eight points while the Lakers were missing their first four shots and turning the ball over three times. Bryant got them on the board with a 3-pointer and another basket and it was left to him to score the Lakers' last basket that put them ahead 27-25.

NOTES: The Jazz improved to 2-0 over LA this season. ... Bryant's milestone of scoring his 30,000th point on Wednesday in New Orleans was announced before tipoff. ... Jazz C Al Jefferson started in place of Kanter. ... The Lakers open a four-game trip on Tuesday in Cleveland.

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Points Kobe, 34
Rebounds Howard, 16
Assists Duhon, 11
Steals Millsap (UTA), 3
Blocks Hill, 4
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POSTGAME QUOTES



Mike D'Antoni:

On if he has doubts that the team can run his offense:
“No, it’s not the offense. The offense is what it is, it’s not great, it’s not smooth, and it’s a lot dominated by Kobe [Bryant] and Dwight [Howard] which is fine. We can change the offense, but there’s no excuse for giving up 117 points, giving up 35 or 40 point quarters, there’s no excuse for not running back on defense, there’s no excuse on a couple schemes we have to get done. The only excuse there is that they’re not quite tuned in, it’s not natural, but that will come. I just don’t think we’ve had a ‘gut-checking’ moment yet. At some point we’re going to draw a line in the sand and that’s it, you have to fight. We get down 13 and then ok now let’s really play hard. I don’t know why, there shouldn’t be a reason, but we will try to figure that out and somehow we’re going to play tougher.”s tighten up a little bit more. Again, we didn’t do a good job of moving on to the next play.”

On if 10 field goal attempts are enough for Dwight Howard:
“We got 110 points we shot 47%, that’s enough. Obviously if you look at it he probably should get more, but they double teamed him every time. So again, you can’t look at stats and pick something out, it’s like why? Every possession has to have a purpose to it and if the ball goes to him [Dwight Howard], which it did a lot, and they doubled him every time, we got pretty good shots. We didn’t hit them at first, we missed the first four shots that he kicked out, and so you have to look at every possession. Were there possessions that we just ‘threw away’? Yes there’s no doubt about it. We would go 1-on1, and we just have too many guys that will take a possession off and at the end of the game we’re not good enough to overcome that right now.”

On going on the road with such a poor road record:
“We don’t have a good home record, so to play on the road or play at home right now, we have to find ourselves. You can find it on the road just as easy as you can at home. Actually, it’s better on the road just because you’re away from the pressures, you’re at a hotel, you’re all together, you’re eating together, you’re practicing together, and you’re talking together. To me this will be the time, if we’re going to do it; again I’ve been saying this for about a month now so I’m getting tired of saying it, and I’m sure you’re getting tired of hearing it. That’s the only thing we can do, when we get to Cleveland we have to come together and play 48 minutes hard.”

On where the energy needs to come from:
“It has to come from everybody. It has to come from me, it has to come from the whole team, it has to come from the bench, everything. I don’t want to be unfair because in spurts they’re working. We’re not going to throw everything away, but we have to be a little bit tougher. We have to be a little bit better, we’re struggling right now.”




Kobe Bryant:

On the defense:
“We’re giving up a lot of points in transition. Our half-court defense is okay, just giving up too many transition points; we just got to have better defensive floor balance.”

On where the game got away:
“Transition points, I think they had 54 points in the paint coming from lay-ups. We just got to have better defensive balance, make sure we have 2 guys back at all times.”

On team chemistry:
“The chemistry’s not that bad, we’re just not playing very well.”

On when you start to worry, giving these games away:
“Well anytime you give any away, it’s always a problem because inevitable it comes back at the end of the year and it bites you. There’s always a sense of urgency, you continue to push. But like I said, that’s the second game in a row now we’ve given up too many fast break points.”




Jodie Meeks:

On on the game:
“Everyone is playing hard. My job is to come in and give a lot of effort. Whether I’m making shots or not, play hard on defense and space the floor. Everyone is playing hard. Everyone is playing with a sense of urgency. We have got to find a way to win.”

“Everyone is giving a lot of effort on the defensive end, that’s not a question. We just have to look at the film and correct it.”




Chris Duhon:

On fixing the Laker’s defense:
“My energy and effort level. It’s not about Xs and Os, It’s just about effort, heart and getting it done…until we do it we’re going to continue to loose. Until we come out and play hard and go after things and not expect our team to just let down because of who we are.”

“We’re going to score. We have the talent that’s going to score and can score any time we just don’t play defense. We don’t put the effort for a consistent 48 minutes, we do it in spurts. And then when we don’t do it we look bad so until that changes nothing else really matters.”

On the upcoming road trip:
“Any time you go on the road, going into a game it’s you against the world pretty much and that’s when you band closer together and you depend on one another even more. So, that’s the mentality that we need to have. We need to just turn the effort and energy level completely up.”




Dwight Howard:

On the defense:
“You have got to help… we have to help each other.”

“We have got to help each other. We will learn how to do it. We are too good of a team to let things slip away.”

On the game:
“I need to make sure I don’t show my frustration that much and just continue to play.”

“They double teamed me every time I got the ball… If guys are open, I have got to trust these guys to knock down shots and that will ease up the double teams, but they did a good job of sending a man every time I touched the ball. They didn’t want me to get into the paint. So I have just got to do what I can to run the floor. We have go to look for each other.”




Jordan Hill:

On the game:
“I just want to win. I just want to go out there and give all the energy I got and do what I got to do to help get the win.”

“Of course it’s a different system, but you have to go out there and keep working. It’s going to be hard. It’s going to be tough. So we got to go out there and do what we got to do to help each other out.”




Tyrone Corbin:

On the team’s offensive play:
“I thought the guys did a great job first starting with Mo [Williams] pushing the ball down the floor early. The wings did a good job of running out. We were able to advance the ball a little bit. Al [Jefferson] and Paul [Millsap] did a good job of cleaning it up and coming inside and we had some quick hitters early and we did a good job of spacing the floor.”

On using the Jazz size to their advantage:
“We’re big inside. Paul [Millsap] and Al [Jefferson] in there has good size. We’re an inside-outside team first. We started off the game going inside. Paul [Millsap] got a couple baskets there. We were able to get a backdoor cut on the play trying to go inside so we mix it up of going inside first and as a result they collapsed a little bit and we’re able to space the floor and get some perimeter looks.”

On the team’s winning streak:
“This is a high-character group of guys. They have a lot of pride and they’ve demonstrated that all year long and when we have a disappointing performance, or a disappointing loss as we did in the Clipper loss at home, we want to respond and the guys have been doing a great job of just coming back and learning every night and getting better every night we step out there on the floor.”

On the team’s bench play:
“The entire bench, the guys come in and this group of guys just don’t complain about their minutes. They come out and they want to show they deserve more minutes by their play on the floor. DeMarre [Carroll] certainly did a great job, Gordon [Hayward] came up and had great minutes for us. I thought Enes [Kanter] continued to grow and develop with his minutes on the floor. Jeremy [Evans] gave us a good boost with the minutes he was in there, and Jamaal [Tinsely]. So all the guys that came off are doing a great job for us.”




Paul Millsap:

On this game being big to Utah:
“It is especially because it is a road win. Hopefully we can break that cycle that we’ve been going through on the road. It kind of brings our team together and hopefully we can keep it up on the road for our next road trip. ”

On team’s response for 3 straight wins after tough loss:
“It just makes us more hungry to get out there and win more games. That was a wakeup call for us especially at home. Knowing we can’t win every game at home without going out there looking for it.”




Mo Williams:

On confident start:
“We talked about it all season that on the road we want to get off to a good start instead of falling behind and playing catch up. There’s a lot of energy that way. I thought tonight we set the tone and even when they went on their runs we stayed the course and did what we had to do.”

On players with double figures:
“We talked about it in preseason when it would be when we clicked, we didn’t know. We were just inconsistent. We needed to get more comfortable with each other to know where we want to be, where guys are going to be when they give guys the ball. Feeding off each other is spreading around and we want to keep it that way. There are going to be some nights better than others but for the most part we want to be as consistent as possible.”




Al Jefferson:

On double figure players:
“We don’t have superstars on this team. We have some great players but we don’t have a guy like Kobe who could just take over the game so we have to play together on the defensive and the offensive end. The way they moved the ball Friday was amazing to watch on the outside looking in. When I got back in Atlanta I wanted to make sure they kept going and when you do it that way everybody is going to find their shots.”

On tonight’s flow with the condition of his back:
“It felt good. My back didn’t bother me at all. When I was sitting on the bench I wanted to keep sitting down and sit still so I laid down for a little while but it didn’t bother me at all.”

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JAZZ-LAKERS PREVIEW

By TAYLOR BECHTOLD

Posted Dec 08 2012 11:43PM

Still trying to adjust to a new coach and life without three key members of the rotation, the Los Angeles Lakers are focused on taking one small step at a time.

The Lakers will try to begin working their way back to the .500 mark Sunday night when they host the Utah Jazz, who could be without two impact frontcourt players of their own.

Los Angeles (9-11) fell to 4-6 under coach Mike D'Antoni with a 114-108 loss at Oklahoma City on Friday night.

Steve Nash isn't expected back until at least next week and Steve Blake is out at least six weeks with a torn abdominal muscle, leaving third-stringer Chris Duhon as the starting point guard.

Making matters worse, All-Star forward Pau Gasol has averaged just 10.1 points on 38.8 percent shooting since D'Antoni took over and could miss his fourth straight game because of tendinitis in both knees.

The Lakers, however, still have Kobe Bryant, the NBA's scoring leader at 28.4 per game. Bryant finished with 35 as Los Angeles cut a 19-point deficit down to four in the final minute Friday.

Dwight Howard added 23 points and 18 rebounds and even improved at the free-throw line, where he's shooting a league-low 47.7 percent. He shot 5 for 7 against the Thunder after making 12 of 24 in his two previous contests.

"It's not like we're going to get together and start winning right away," Howard said. "We're learning how to play together. We're getting better. This is not on anybody's time table but ours."

While it hasn't translated into many wins, Los Angeles has at least been better offensively lately, averaging 108.2 points in its last five games after scoring 96.4 in its previous five.

That could continue against a Utah team that has lost nine of 12 on the road, where it is allowing 108.2 points per game.

The Jazz (11-10) closed a three-game homestand with a 131-99 rout of Toronto on Friday. It was only the sixth time since the 1997-98 season that Utah scored 130 points or more in regulation.

After going 1 for 10 from 3-point range in a win over Orlando on Wednesday, the Jazz came back to hit 13 of 23 from long range - the sixth-highest total in team history.

Marvin Williams, Randy Foye and DeMarre Carroll each made three 3-pointers. Foye ranks among the NBA leaders with 51 3-pointers this season.

As one of the best fast-break teams (15.9 points per game) in the Western Conference, Utah might be best served pushing tempo after Los Angeles was outscored 26-8 in that area on Friday.

The Jazz outscored the visiting Lakers 15-7 on the break in a 95-89 victory on Nov. 7 - the last game for coach Mike Brown before he was fired by Los Angeles.

While Bryant paced the Lakers with 29 points, Foye scored 17 - including five 3-pointers - and Al Jefferson had 18 and 10 rebounds as the Jazz won their third in a row over Los Angeles.

"We've just got to play Utah Jazz basketball and not worry about what the Lakers are doing and I think we'll have a great chance," Foye said.

Utah, however, might be without leading scorer Jefferson (back spasms) and reserve forward Derrick Favors (plantar fasciitis) again. Both are considered game-time decisions after missing Friday's contest.


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Probable Starters .
  Lakers    
  #15 World Peace SF #2 Williams  
  #4 JamisonPF #24 Millsap  
  #12 Howard C #0 Kanter  
  #24 Bryant SG #8 Foye  
  #21 Duhon PG #5 Williams  


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Lakers Steve Blake
(abdominal surgery) is out.
Pau Gasol
(tendinitis, left and right knees) is day-to-day.
Jordan Hill
(herniated disc) is probable.
Steve Nash
(non-displaced fracture, left leg) is out.
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Jazz Derrick Favors
(plantar fasciitis) is a game time decision.
Al Jefferson
(back spasms) is a game time decision.
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11/07 - LAL @ UTA
12/09 - UTA @ LAL
01/25 - UTA @ LAL
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