|W. Johnson||SF||R. Jefferson|
|S. Williams||PF||M. Williams|
|C. Kaman||C||D. Favors|
|J. Meeks||SG||G. Hayward|
|J. Farmar||PG||T. Burke|
K. Bryant: Knee Out until early February
S. Nash: Back Out until early January
S. Blake: Elbow Out until late January
P. Gasol: Illness Doubtful for Dec. 27 against Utah
No injuries reported.
Favors' dunk lifts Jazz to 105-103 win over Lakers
By Matthew Coles| December 27, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Derrick Favors had 18 points and 14 rebounds and made a putback dunk with 2.1 seconds remaining to lift the Utah Jazz to a 105-103 victory over the depleted Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.
With the game tied at 103, Gordon Hayward drove to the basket on Utah's final possession but missed his off-balance attempt as the Lakers converged. Favors grabbed the rebound and slammed the ball through the hoop to snap Utah's four-game home losing streak. Hayward finished with 24 points and nine assists.
Jodie Meeks tied the game at 99-all, but Hayward hit a 3-pointer, made a steal and hit one of two free throws to put Utah ahead.
Jordan Hill put in a follow and then made a pair of free throws to knot the game at 103 with 18.6 seconds left.
Nick Young scored 21 points in 27 minutes before fouling out with 5:45 remaining and Chris Kaman had a season-high 19 points starting in place of Pau Gasol, who was out with a respiratory infection.
Kobe Bryant (knee fracture) and point guards Steve Nash (back) and Steve Blake (elbow) remain sidelined for Lakers, who have lost four in a row. Bryant missed his fifth game after a short six-game comeback after Achilles surgery and is not expected back for three to five weeks.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Alec Burks hit 3 of 4 free throws and then tracked down a long rebound and fed the streaking Hayward for a dunk that made it 96-90. The rim-rocking slam brought a thunderous roar from the first sellout crowd of the season since opening night.
But the Lakers fought back behind Hill, who had 13 points in the period.
Marvin Williams scored 16 points, Trey Burke had 14 points and seven assists, and Burks had 13 points for the Jazz, who stopped their worst home skid since losing seven straight in February and March of 2011.
Utah had been struggling offensively, averaging 88.5 points in the previous six games on 41.2 percent shooting. The Jazz ran often against the Lakers, scoring 25 points on fast breaks.
The Lakers play a more free-flowing game without Gasol and Bryant, but fall into long scoring droughts, don't get back on defense and don't know where to turn in crunch time.
The Jazz are finally starting to learn how to win close games, coming out on top in a contest that featured 14 lead changes and 16 ties.
Los Angeles did have Jordan Farmar, who had 16 points and seven assists.
Farmar missed 10 games with a hamstring tear and then played 33 minutes against Miami on Christmas Day without the benefit of a full practice, scoring three points on 1-of-7 shooting. Without Blake and Nash, they don't have much of a choice but to go with Farmar, who spent last season playing in Turkey.
In their sixth straight game with a different starting lineup, the Lakers made Kaman their featured option. But Hill took center stage when the game was on the line.
But no one blocked out Favors, who flashed a big smile as he headed to the bench after his game-clinching dunk. Meeks missed a 40-foot heave as time expired.
In the see-saw game, Burke went on an individual 7-0 run late in the second quarter to boost the Jazz to a 55-52 lead at halftime.
NOTES: Jazz reserve Mike Harris was not with the team so he could be at the birth of his daughter. . A sizable percentage of the arena cheered loudly for the Lakers, included Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando and his son. . The Jazz have won five of their last six games against the Lakers.
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2012-13 Series Recap: The Lakers finished the 2012-13 season series with Utah 1-2,
after splitting the previous two season series with Utah 2-2.
All-Time Series Notes: In the past three seasons, the Lakers owned a four-year
season series win streak against the Jazz: 2006-07 (2-1), 2007-08 (3-1), 2008-09 (2-1),
2009-10 (3-1). The Jazz and Lakers have met 161 times in the regular season (101-60)
and 143 times since the Jazz moved to Utah (88-55). The Lakers are 5-5 in their last 10
regular season games against the Jazz. The Lakers are 21-6 all-time against the Jazz
at STAPLES Center during the regular season. From January 1, 2006 through April 5,
2011, the Lakers owned a 17-game home win streak against the Jazz (including playoff
games). In Utah, the Lakers have gone 4-6 in their last 10 regular season games at
EnergySolutions Arena. In recent series history, on 12/9/09 at STAPLES Center, the
Lakers held the Jazz to the 3rd fewest fourth quarter points (6) in the NBA’s shot clock
era. In 2006, the Lakers scored a series record 132 points in a 132-102 victory
11/30/06 at STAPLES Center, improving upon the old mark of 131 points achieved at
Utah 12/4/86. In that game, Kobe Bryant established a new series-high with 52 points
against the Jazz, surpassing his own record of 43 points (3/22/05) while also bettering
Adrian Dantley’s Jazz mark of 50 established in November of 1979. Bryant’s 30-point
3rd quarter tied his own franchise record and is tied for the 4th-highest scoring quarter in
NBA history. In the postseason, the Lakers and Jazz have met six times (1988, 1997,
1998, 2008, 2009, 2010) with the Lakers advancing on four occasions: 1988 Conf.
Semifinals (4-3), 2008 Conf. Semifinals (4-2), 2009 First Round (4-1) and 2010 Conf.
Connections: Lakers F/C Pau Gasol was coached by Jazz Assistant Coach Sidney Lowe, who served as head coach in Memphis, during his rookie season in 2001-02
and a portion of his sophomore season (8 games) in 2002-03… Young and Jazz F Dominic McGuire were teammates on the Wizards for two-and-a-half seasons between
2007 and when McGuire was traded in February 2010… Jazz F Derrick Favors was teammates with Lakers G Jordan Farmar and Lakers F Shawne Williams on the New
Jersey Nets for part of the 2010-11 season before being traded in February… Utah G John Lucas III was coached by Lakers assistant coach Johnny Davis when Davis
was in the same role with the Toronto Raptors during the 2012-13 season… Utah F Richard Jefferson was born in Los Angeles.