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Box Score Los Angeles Lakers 33 17 22 24 96
Play by Play Utah Jazz 17 29 29 27 102


Williams scores 29 to beat Lakers

By JOSH DUBOW

SALT LAKE CITY(AP) Deron Williams scored 29 points and Andrei Kirilenko grabbed two key rebounds late as the Utah Jazz rallied from a 19-point first-half deficit for a 102-96 win over a Los Angeles Lakers team that swept them out of the playoffs last season.

Williams tied the score at 96 with 1:16 remaining on a 3-pointer, then stole the ball and passed to Raja Bell for what proved to be the game-winner.

Ron Artest and Paul Gasol both missed shots late for the Lakers (13-3), which saw their five-game winning streak end.

The Jazz won their third straight to improve to 12-5.

Kobe Bryant scored 14 straight points for the Lakers in a 2:25 span late in the fourth quarter as the Lakers rallied from an 83-82 deficit to take a 96-91 lead with 2:12 remaining.

But Williams, who Bryant called the best point guard in the league before the game, took over.

He was just 5 of 15 at one point before finishing with a game-high 31 points on 10-of-21 shooting.

Al Jefferson added 20 points and eight rebounds in holding his own against the Lakers' Pau Gasol (21 points, 11 rebounds).

Utah's other guards got the Jazz back in the game when it looked like they were finished.

The second quarter belonged to the two shortest players on the court. Utah's Ronnie Price and Earl Watson, at 6-foot-2 and 6-1, respectively, ignited an 11-0 run to pull the Jazz to 39-22 after Los Angeles had taken a 19-point lead.

Price started the run with a running one-handed slam on a pass from Watson. Watson and Price then hit back-to-back 3-pointers and Paul Millsap followed with a three-point-play off a nice pass underneath from Watson. Watson then took it the length of the court to pull Utah to 39-32 with 6:08 remaining.

Then it was Williams' turn. He hit a 3-pointer and a fastbreak layup over Lamar Odom to pull Utah to 44-42 with 3:09 left in the first half.

Millsap, on an assist from Williams, gave Utah its first lead, 46-45, on a short jumper with 1:48 left in the first half.

The Lakers took a 50-46 lead into halftime as Gasol and Bryant combined for the next five points.

Los Angeles, after shooting 68.4 percent in the first quarter, made just 4 of 21 in the second quarter (19 percent) as Utah closed the gap.


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3 Total field goals made by the guard trio of Derek Fisher (1-for-7), Shannon Brown (2-for-8) and Steve Blake (0-for-7).

6 Turnovers in the ballgame for L.A., who played quite well throughout but simply couldn’t convert some wide-open looks.

11 Straight points scored by the Jazz to win the game after Kobe Bryant appeared to get things under control for the visitors. Utah also used an 11-0 run to get back into the mix after a dominant start from L.A.

14 Straight points for Bryant in the fourth quarter, including three long triples in a masterful burst of scoring acumen. Bryant finished with a game-high 21 points.

33 Points scored by the Lakers in a dominant first quarter, when Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol combined to make all eight of their shots while grabbing 10 total rebounds. This allowed L.A. a 33-17 lead that they’d quickly give up in the second quarter.




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Points Bryant 31, 10-21 FG
Rebounds Gasol 11, 9 OFF 2 DEF
Assists Odom 5
Steals Artest 2
Blocks Gasol, Odom 1


POSTGAME QUOTES


Phil Jackson – (13-3 this season)
On the game

"They have a lot of energy. They got their small guard group and they got some penetration, did some things. Defensively they played a little better but that is going to happen on this court. They are going to have games like that. The real thing about that game was we let it get away on that turnover steal that (Raja) Bell got. There will be some tough times on the road. The road is not always easy out there."

On the shot clock situation
"That's a tough break on our part. It was one of those things where an air ball turned into a three-point play eventually after multiple stops and corrections. It just got all messed up at the end of the game. Pau (Gasol) did not handle the ball well and subsequent play after that. It changed the context of the game."




Kobe Bryant – Guard (31 points, 3 assists)
On the game

"We went out there guarding the basket. Price and Watson, the second group, they got to the basket with easy layups. They put some pressure on us, pushed to turn the ball over. The second unit came is and did a really good job. They picked up the pace, the energy was great. We did not make shots; we helped them get in transition. It was good game by them.

On the 24 second shot clock malfunction
"It didn't bother us at all. It was more comical than anything. We had a good run before the defense had a chance to set."

On the Jazz new roster
"They are a great team. They got a lot of talent. They play that way all the time. You can take the softest player in the league and put him on the Jazz and he'll turn into a tough guy."






Pau Gasol – Center (21 points, 11 rebounds)
On the Bell steal in the final minutes

"It was a miscommunication. I made the wrong decision. We talked about some things in the timeout and I decided to do something different in the play. He wasn't expecting it so that's why he turned the ball over. I was supposed to hand fake and take it to the rim myself, which didn't happen unfortunately.

On the game
"It's tough. When you give up a turnover to the other team to get back into the game on the road, they're probably going to take advantage and we pay the price. That's kind of what happened tonight. The second unit of their team came out with a lot of energy and got them back in the game. It was a battle after that. We didn't have our best shooting night. They got the win and we go home with a loss."

On the Deron Williams performance
"He played very well, shot the ball extremely well tonight. 10-for 14 from the floor, above his average, but he stepped up, made big plays. I think that's a pretty remarkable game.






Jerry Sloan – (12-5 this season)
On the game

"It looked pretty bleak out there in the early part of the ballgame when they got out to a pretty good lead on us. Again our second group came in and gave us a tremendous lift. They got the fans behind us. Their energy level jumped up a great deal. We ran the ball up the floor and got a couple lay-ups out of it and I think that really made a difference in our confidence level. We had a lot of guys play well. Obviously you have to play against this team. You see Kobe Bryant go off for what he did, we went and doubled him finally. We came out of it alive. Looked like we were going to crumble a little bit, but our guys kept fighting. That's the one thing that was really impressive for us. Keep battling, give yourself a chance. Doesn't make any difference who you're playing. Don't be intimidated and I thought we stuck with it all night after we got past the first quarter."

On Al Jefferson
"He made some shots around there. I thought he made a couple nice passes. Teams are going to recognize that. Make a little adjustment here and there, make a couple passes and that certainly makes things a lot easier for him. A lot easier for our team to get easier baskets."




Deron Williams – Guard (29 points, 12 assists)
On the game:

"It was a great win for us. Again, the first quarter was bad, but the second group again just gave us the energy that we needed. It makes us [the first group] want to play harder. As we see how hard they're playing, we can't let them go out there and do all the fighting. Once the second group came in, I thought we did a much better job defensively, rebounding the ball better and getting up the floor a lot better. "We're going to get better as we play more together, just as any team does."

On stopping Kobe Bryant
"Coach made the adjustment. He doubled him, made him give up the ball. Anytime a guy like that gets into a rhythm you have to get the ball out of his hands. I think it helped us a lot."
On winning the boards
"That was another keeper, I thought the field goal percentage and winning the boards was what won us the game tonight."
On the potential of the Jazz
"If we can survive our first quarters I think we're as good as anybody. A matter of doing what we did this game from the second quarter on. It's just getting stops, executing well, every possession counts."




C.J. Miles – Guard (4 points, 4 rebounds) On the game
"We played hard and got the crowd behind us. Guys made good shots and Deron took us home in the end.

On whether the comeback seemed the same as the previous comebacks this season
"Today it didn't seem like it (the same). Just the way the game was going. We were missing shots and they were getting good breaks. They made some shots, but we knew that it wasn't going to be that bad. They were just hot, so it was kind of different from the way we got down before. And then that second group, we just tried to bring energy."

On this win being the most important win of the season
"Definitely, one of them. It's definitely been a great test the last couple of games. Two good teams we've played against, and to be able to show that we can play against those guys."

On Kobe Bryant going off in the fourth quarter

"You knew it was coming. Everybody in the building knows in the four minutes you're up six, who's going to get the ball the last four minutes of the game. And we were talking, the last three of the four years they've ran that same play the last three or four minutes of the game."






Raja Bell– Guard (9 points, 3 rebounds)
On wins building toughness

"I think that it's a big stepping stone for us as a team. We've played some good pretty good teams and come back, but we haven't played anybody with the resume of the Lakers and been able to come back, especially on our home floor where we've struggled a bit. It was a good win for us and I think we all now believe we can do it. Now we just need to find a way to come out of the gates and really start to assert ourselves early in the game."

On the arena atmosphere
"Yeah, it was pretty incredible in there tonight. I came out for shootaround early and I was getting heckled by Lakers fans. And then to hear the crowd out there tonight late in the game, even early in the game when we started making a run, it was a pretty special atmosphere."






Al Jefferson – Forward (20 points, 8 rebounds)
On the game and what the win means to him

"I haven't beaten the Lakers in probably six years, since I left Boston, and I haven't been in a playoff game in six years and it felt like a playoff game. Every possession counted. Kobe Bryant being who he is, and we were down, we fought back, we didn't give up. We won against all odds. It was just amazing man. I'm overwhelmed. It's never been like this before, and to be a part of this. It just meant a lot to me."

On the team
"We're coming together. We know what it takes. We know if we play great defense, rebound, and run the floor, if we get stops, we'll be able to run and it's been working for us. When the Lakers went up 19 on us, we didn't panic. We knew we had been there before. We knew how to adjust to that and the second unit once again was the big for us, real big. They brought both their energy and got us back in the game. And then our captain, our leader, that boy [Deron Williams] is something special. He brought us home."








LAKERS VS. JAZZ GAME PREVIEW

By SANTOSH VENKATARAMAN, STATS Senior Writer

The Utah Jazz have lost all three home games against teams that made the playoffs last season. They'd really like to get their first such win against the team that has knocked them out of the postseason three straight years.

The Jazz face the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night for the first time since being swept in last season's playoffs.

Los Angeles (13-2) has dominated Utah, winning 10 of 14 regular-season games over the past four seasons and going 12-3 in the postseason over the last three. The Jazz (11-5) were swept last season for the first time in 21 years as the Lakers cruised in the conference semifinals.

Utah is 5-3 at home, falling to Phoenix, Oklahoma City and San Antonio. The Jazz replaced last season's leading scorer, Carlos Boozer, withAl Jefferson at power forward, and are eager to see how they match up against the two-time defending champions.

"It will be an exciting game for our team and the fans," Jefferson said after a 105-87 win over New Orleans on Wednesday. "We're a lot bigger this year and we got a great confidence boost tonight."

The Jazz had no answers for Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol during the Lakers' sweep. Bryant averaged 32.0 points and 5.8 assists, and Gasol 23.5 points on 60.7 percent shooting and 14.5 rebounds.

Los Angeles also did a good job against Deron Williams in last season's playoffs, limiting him to 38.7 percent shooting although he averaged a team-high 22.0 points. Williams had 26 points, 11 assists and a season-high five steals Wednesday.

The Lakers may have gotten a head start on their preparation for this game in their fifth straight win Tuesday, 98-91 over Chicago. The Bulls'Derrick Rose had 30 points and eight assists but missed all four shots in the fourth quarter as Los Angeles did a better job of focusing on him.

"Sometimes we play that way with Deron Williams as well," forwardLamar Odom said. "And he's their first option and he has to go first."

Utah has one of the NBA's least productive benches, averaging 23.9 points. The reserves, though, helped key a 13-4 run to start the second quarter Wednesday for a 44-34 lead.

"They played big," said Jefferson, who had 23 points and 10 rebounds. "They came in and boosted us up big-time. It's amazing how well they're playing."

Los Angeles continues to get solid play from reserve Shannon Brown,who scored 21 points Tuesday and is averaging 15.0 over his last seven games.

"He's got so much confidence right now," coach Phil Jackson said. "We're encouraging him to (shoot) when it feels right. Otherwise, he's got such a great drive, teams have to play back off him because of his speed."

The Lakers are averaging a league-best 111.5 points despite putting up their lowest total while shooting a season-low 39.5 percent against the Bulls. They are more encouraged by holding their last four opponents below 40 percent from the field.

"The more games we have like this, the more we understand how to play off each other defensively," Bryant said.


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Lakers Andrew Bynum (right knee surgery) is out.
Lamar Odom
(sore right foot) is probable.
Theo Ratliff
(sore left knee) is out.

Mavs Mehmet Okur (left achilles) is out.


11/26 - LAL @ UTA
01/25 - UTA @ LAL
04/01 - LAL @ UTA
04/05 - UTA @ LAL


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GAME NOTES

SEASON& SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers won last season's series with Utah 3-1 and have now taken each of the last four season series from the Jazz: 2006-07 (2-1), 2007-08 (3-1), 2008-09 (2-1), 2009-10 (3-1). The Jazz and Lakers have met 150 times in the regular season (96-54) and 131 times since the Jazz moved to Utah (83-49). The Lakers are 7-3 in their last 10 regular season games with the Jazz. The Lakers are 18-3 all-time against the Jazz at STAPLES Center during the regular season and have won their last nine straight (16 in a row including the playoffs). In Utah, the Lakers have gone 4-6 in their last 10 regular season games at EnergySolutions Arena. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 26-12 against Utah in the regular season. On 12/9/09 at STAPLES Center, the Lakers held the Jazz to the third 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 46 games against the Jazz (38 starts), Bryant is averaging 26.1 points. Additionally, Lakers guard Derek Fisher played the 2006-07 season for Utah, appearing in all 82 games, starting 61 and averaging 10.1 points and 3.3 assists in 27.9 minutes. 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 Western Conference Semifinals (4-3), 2008 Western Conference Semifinals (4-2), 2009 Western Conference First Round 4-1 and 2010 Western Conference Semifinals 4-0.

STRONG STARTS
With their victory November 23 vs. Chicago, the Lakers improved to 13-2, equaling the 3rd best 15-game start to a season in franchise history. The Lakers opened both the 2008-09 and 2001-02 seasons 14-1. The '08-09 team lost its 16th game while the '01-02 team improved to 16-1 before their second loss. The best two-loss records in Lakers franchise history are listed below:

1985-86: 19-2
2001-02: 16-2 (16-1)
1961-62: 13-2
2008-09: 17-2 (14-1)
1997-98: 15-2
2010-11: 13-2

Phil Jackson led teams have now won at least 13 games before their third loss on six occasions, three times with the Chicago Bulls and three times with the Lakers – 2010-11: 13-2, 2008-09: 17-2 (14-1), 2001-02: 16-2 (16-1), 1996-97: 17-2 (17-1), 1995-96: 23-2, 1991-92: 15-2. Each of the previous five teams won an NBA title.
With their loss at Denver on November 11th, the Lakers suffered their first defeat of the 2010-11 season. The loss snapped an 8-game win streak that was the team's longest to start a season since opening the 1987-88 season 8-0. Only once in franchise history had the Lakers started a season with a better mark, going a franchise-best 11-0 to open the 1997-98 campaign. The start was the second-best in head coach Phil Jackson's career, having opened the 1996-97 season with the Bulls 12-0.

GASOL'S PERFECT SHOOTING NIGHT
With 28 points, nine rebounds and five assists while shooting 10-for-10 from the field and 8-for-8 from the free throw line, Pau Gasol became just the third player in the NBA's shot clock era to record a perfect shooting night from the field and the line with at least 25 points, five rebounds and five assists. The only other players to accomplish this rare feat are Gary Payton in January of 1995 (32 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists (14-14 FG, 3-3 FT)) and Charles Barkley in March of 1989 (31 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists (10-10 FG, 9-9 FT)).

Additionally, Gasol became the fifth Laker in franchise history to convert at least 10 field goals without a miss in a single game and the first to do so since Byron Scott went 10-for-10 2/26/86 at Dallas. Wilt Chamberlain converted a franchise record 14-of-14 field goals without a miss 3/11/69 vs. Detroit with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (11-11 FG twice) and Mitch Kupchak (11-11 FG) rounding out the list.

BARNES JOINS BARKLEY FOR UNIQUE DISTINCTION
With 24 points, seven rebounds and six assists 11/19 at Minnesota on a perfect 7-of-7 from the field and 5-of-5 from the free throw line, Matt Barnes joined Charles Barkley as the only other player in NBA history to post a minimum 20-point, 5-rebound, 5-assist night while not missing a single shot, with a minimum of 5 field goal attempts AND 5 free throw attempts. Barkley posted 31 points, seven rebounds and six assists on a perfect 10-of-10 from the field and 9-of-9 from the free throw line in a 135-122 victory over the Spurs back on March 24, 1989 with the 76ers. Ironically, just one game later, Pau Gasol became the third player in NBA history to do so, posting 28 points, nine rebounds and five assists on 10-of-10 shooting from the field and 8-of-8 shooting from the foul line in the Lakers victory 11/21 vs. Golden State.

PERFECT NIGHT FOR BARNES

In the Lakers 112-95 victory 11/19 at Minnesota, Matt Barnes came off the bench to score 24 points on a perfect night from the field and free-throw line (7-7 FG, 5-5 3FG, 5-5 FT). Since the NBA instituted the three-point shot prior to the 1979-80 season, only two other bench players have been perfect from the free-throw line and from three- point range with at least five attempts in each category in the same game. New Jersey's Bostjan Nachbar shot 6-for-6 from three-point range and 5-for-5 from the free- throw line on 4/15/07 and Craig Ehlo shot 5-for-5 from three-point range and 7-for-7 from the charity stripe for Atlanta on 1/30/96.

SHUTTING IT DOWN EARLY
In the Lakers victory 11/17 at Detroit, Kobe Bryant scored 33 points despite sitting out the entire fourth quarter. The 33 points are the most Bryant has scored in a game in which he did not play in the fourth quarter or overtime since Feb. 23, 2007 against the Celtics. In that contest, Bryant scored 38 points before sitting out the entire fourth quarter. The most points Bryant has scored in a game in which he did not play the fourth quarter came on Dec. 20, 2005 when he posted 62 points in 33 minutes vs. Dallas (18-31 FG, 22-25 FT). Bryant established a franchise record for points in a quarter with 30 in the third of that contest, single-handedly outscoring the entire Mavericks team 62-61 through three quarters.

WIRE-TO-WIRE
With their 117-89 victory over Golden State on November 21st, the Lakers recorded their THIRD wire-to-wire win of the season as well as their second against the Warriors (10/31 vs. GS) this year. The Lakers other wire-to-wire victory came in a 124-105 win 11/2 vs. Memphis. Last year, the Lakers claimed NINE wire-to-wire victories (games in which they never trailed); seven during the regular season and two during the 2010 Playoffs (4/18 & 4/27 vs. Oklahoma City). During their previous championship run in 2008-09, the Lakers claimed 11 wire-to-wire victories; nine during the regular season and two during the 2009 Playoffs (4/29 vs. Utah & 5/17 vs. Houston). Last season, the Lakers also lost twice in wire-to-wire fashion (98-107 1/8/10 @ POR and 75-91 3/26/10 @ OKC).

IRON MAN
Entering the Lakers game at Utah, Derek Fisher has played in 428 consecutive regular season games dating back to April 15, 2005, second among all active NBA players behind Portland's Andre Miller 626 consecutive games (began season at 612). Additionally, Fisher has started 306 consecutive regular season games dating back to January 15, 2007, tops among all active players by more than 40 games (2nd - Andre Iguodala). Former Laker A.C. Green holds the NBA record for most consecutive games played with 1,192 dating from 11/19/86 – 4/18/01 while a member of the Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat.






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