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Hayward scores 22; Utah Jazz stun Lakers 86-85

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP)—When Kobe Bryant meekly fumbled the ball away before the buzzer sounded, even Utah rookie Gordon Hayward seemed a bit stunned to realize he had just won a duel with the Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar.

He’ll gladly take this memory from an otherwise forgettable season for the Jazz.

Hayward scored a career-high 22 points and hit the go-ahead free throw with 6 seconds to play, and Utah snapped an eight-game losing streak with an 86-85 victory over the sleepwalking Lakers on Tuesday night.

Hayward scored 14 points in the second half, showing a whole lot more poise than his former Butler teammates did in Monday’s NCAA title game. His dunk in traffic with 3:25 to play put the Jazz ahead for good.

Although Hayward missed one late free throw after Bryant fouled him, he made the other—and then he played just enough defense to keep Bryant from another dramatic finish.

“It was fun,” Hayward said. “You’re out there competing, especially against Kobe Bryant. He elbowed me early in the second half, and I gave him another elbow in the fourth quarter, so we were going at it and competing. I mean, you grew up watching Kobe do his thing, and now you’re out there as a competitor just trying to play as hard as you can against him.”

Paul Millsap scored 22 points for the Jazz, who had a five-point lead with 90 seconds left before Bryant got the Lakers back in it with two 3-pointers. Although the Jazz would have to finish the season with four more victories to avoid just their second losing season in 28 years, they avoided their first nine-game losing streak since March 2005.

Earl Watson hit a big 3-pointer with 2:40 left, and rookieDerrick Favors had 14 points and 11 rebounds as the Jazz held on for their first road win over the Lakers since Jan. 1, 2006, a span of 17 games in the regular season and playoffs.

“It feels good to get that monkey off my back,” said Al Jefferson, who had 11 points and 11 rebounds. “The last game we played like we were trying to get the season over, but tonight we played like we had some heart. I give credit to the young guys. I think Derrick and Gordon came in and lifted us up.”

Bryant scored 20 points and hit a tying 3-pointer with 16 seconds left, but fumbled the ball away on a last-second move that was every bit as ill-conceived as the Lakers’ entire performance.

With a listless effort in their second straight loss following a 17-1 stretch, the Lakers might have lost the chance to catch San Antonio atop the Western Conference standings. The Spurs have a 3 1/2 -game lead with five games left for Los Angeles.

“This was our worst game of the year,” said Lamar Odom, who had 11 points and eight rebounds. “We didn’t deserve to win, (but) we’ve had no problem bouncing back all year. We’ll be fine. Our energy was just bad all the way around. … You can’t dissect this game. Nothing is there.”

Pau Gasol scored 12 of his 19 points in the first quarter while playing through a bone bruise in his right knee for Los Angeles. Andrew Bynumhad 12 points, a career-high 23 rebounds and four blocked shots for the Lakers, who missed their first 13 3-point attempts and made 19 turnovers—none more costly than Bryant’s bobble at the top of the key against Hayward’s defense with the game on the line.

“Obviously he’s the best at that, and I was hoping he could make it and get another win for us,” Gasol said. “It’s a setback, but we still should finish off these last games as hard as we can. You never know what could happen.”

The Lakers’ impressive nine-game winning streak ended Sunday with a loss to playoff-bound Denver in Los Angeles’ third game in less than four days. The Lakers didn’t have the excuse of exhaustion against the Jazz: They just didn’t appear interested until Bryant, who didn’t make a field goal in the first half, rallied them in the final minutes.

The Lakers had a season-low 57 points through three quarters, and the Jazz easily could have taken charge—but they also made head-shaking mistakes such as Millsap’s attempt to pass to an official in the fourth quarter.

Devin Harris missed the game for Utah with a strained right hamstring, and Kyrylo Fesenko also sat out with a sprained right thumb. The Ukrainian center made his first start of the season against the Lakers last Friday, earning Bryant’s ire when he flung the ball at the All-Star game MVP’s feet.

Raja Bell, who rejected Bryant’s personal overtures last summer and signed a three-year free-agent deal with the Jazz, missed his third straight game with a sprained right foot.

NOTES: The Lakers split their season series with Utah after winning the past four series. … Bynum set his career high in rebounds midway through the third quarter, but he also missed eight of his first nine shots. … Fans near courtside included David Beckham, singer Ray J and Carrie Fisher, who sat with director Penny Marshall.

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3 Games back in the loss column to San Antonio, 19 to 22, all but locking the Lakers into the second seed at best out West despite their huge streak out of the All-Star break (17-1) and a six-game losing streak from San Antonio, who led by nine games just before the break.

13 Blocks for the Lakers, a season high. Andrew Bynum had four, as did Ron Artest.

18 Straight wins for the Lakers over Utah at STAPLES … until this one, minus Jerry Sloan and Deron Williams.

19 Turnovers for the Lakers a game after they committed 20 in a Sunday loss to Denver.

23 Rebounds for Bynum, one of the few bright spots for the Lakers in a poor all-around game.

32 Minutes for Pau Gasol a game after he tweaked his right knee, causing an MRI that revealed a bone bruise. He moved well throughout, finishing with 19 points, five boards and four assists.

37.8 L.A.'s shooting percentage in the game, with Kobe Bryant going only 6-for-18, Bynum 5-for-13, Artest 3-for-8, Lamar Odom 5-for-12, Shannon Brown 2-for-6, Derek Fisher 0-for-2, Luke Walton 0-for-4. Gasol (5-for-10) and Matt Barnes (2-for-4) were the only Lakers to make at least half their shots.

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Points Bryant 20, 6-18 FG
Rebounds Bynum 23, 7 OFF 16 DEF
Assists Bryant 5
Steals Artest 3
Blocks Artest, Bynum 4


Lakers coach Phil Jackson on the difference between the first half and the second half:
"I think we were down 17 points in first half and we led by 18 in the second half. That was it. Seventeen and 18. We started playing defense and they turned the ball over a few times. It changed the game."

On the team's effort after the game last night against Dallas:
"We really wanted to slow the game down and they were very good in transition early on. You know, we weren't ready to get back on defense and that cost us big. We were able to do the game and the pace we wanted to do in the second half."

Lakers' Kobe Bryant on the final possession of the game:
"It slipped. It slipped out of my hand."

Lakers' Kobe Bryant on the loss tonight:
"They made big shots, they made big plays. We just played a little lackadaisical."

Lakers' Kobe Bryant on Gordon Hayward's performance:
"I'm very, very fond of him. He's a very skilled, all-around player. I think he's going to have a very bright future in this league. He reminds me of a more talented Jeff Hornacek. Jeff couldn't put the ball on the floor as well as [Hayward] he can."

Lakers' Lamar Odom on tonight's game:

"It was really bad. We just didn't play well. No part of the game. It came down to the last possession. It didn't go our way, we didn't deserve to win."

Lakers' Lamar Odom on tonight's game versus last Sunday's game against Denver:
"I wouldn't even compare this one to the Denver game cause there's no comparison, this is a little different. Our energy was bad all the way around."

Lakers' Lamar Odom on what went wrong tonight:
"Tonight our energy was bad, all the way around. You know, how we played the game and our focus. This is probably the worst game of the year…I don't know what to attribute it to, sometimes it happens, you know."

Lakers' Shannon Brown on how the Jazz won the game:
"It wasn't something just going all wrong out there. We couldn't get our hands on the ball good, we had great intentions, you know. The ball didn't bounce our way."

Lakers' Shannon Brown on the Jazz's second chance points:
"They definitely killed us on that too. They made pretty much everything, every stat, it went their way. Drew had 23 rebounds which is great, but the ball just didn't bounce our way."

Lakers' Andrew Bynum on his career-high in rebounding:
"I just went after the ball and pursued it. A couple of balls bounced my way. That's it."

Lakers' Pau Gasol on how the Jazz were able to pull out the victory:
"We just let them hang around and gave them plenty of chances. We just weren't sharp, weren't focused enough I guess."

Lakers' Pau Gasol on his team's defense:

"Defense was OK, I guess you could say. They didn't make a lot of shots, [but] they made them when they needed to. Again, we gave them plenty of chances to have opportunities and stay in the game and take the lead in the 4th quarter."

Utah Jazz Coach Tyrone Corbin on the magnitude of this win:
"We did a great job of bringing a lot of energy and they really played hard concentrating on what we wanted to get done, executing our offense, and putting pressure on them defensively. Down the stretch the rookies did a good job of just fighting hard in there. It's a great win for us."

Utah Jazz Coach Tyrone Corbin on how the Jazz were able to compete:
"Well, we had to match their size. Bynum and Pau in there are huge so we changed a little bit and put Derrick in there to start…just to give us some size and it worked out for us."

Utah Jazz Coach Tyrone Corbin on what this win does for the Jazz:
"It's huge, it's huge. I mean it's huge because of the effort. Our guy stayed in there. The things we talked about yesterday just coming out, playing hard and just counting on each other, staying together, executing your stuff on both offensive and defensively, talking and communicating and they did a great job tonight. It's just a good morale builder for us and hopefully we can fester this up and finish the season the same kind of way."

Utah Jazz Coach Tyrone Corbin on Gordon Hayward's stellar game:
"I'm extremely happy for him. He did a great job on both ends of the floor not only making plays offensively but I thought he did a great job defensively playing Kobe, not being afraid of who he is and just doing a good job of staying down, staying in front between him and the basket and if he made tough shots he made tough shots over him. So I thought he did a tremendous job on him defensively."

Utah Jazz Coach Tyrone Corbin on what he told his team on the final play:
"Hey, lock up, lock up. Just don't be afraid of the moment, just play hard and try and do the right things—talk and communicate, and stay down on the floor, go for pump fakes and they did a great job. Kobe lost the ball as a result but [Hayward] did a great job of staying in front of him and making a tough play."

Jazz forward C.J. Miles on Gordon Heyward's performance tonight:
"He played great. We all knew he could play, he just has to be given the chance to get out there and make plays. He did a great job. He shot the ball well, attacked the basket, passed the ball…and played good defense. He stayed down on his feet the last play."

Jazz forward C.J. Miles on how much they talked about losing 17 straight games at Staples Center before tonight's game:
"We didn't talk about it. That was the key. We didn't talk about how many times we lost here, we just wanted to come in here and compete, and play hard to give ourselves a chance. That's what we did."

Jazz forward Al Jefferson on tonight's win at Staples:
"It feels good to get that monkey off our back, especially with how we played last game, it was like we were trying to get the season over with. Tonight we played like we have some heart."

Jazz forward Al Jefferson on how far Gordon Heyward has progressed this season:
"I say the same thing every time somebody asks me about him. Confidence is the big key for him because he has the skills, he has a high IQ of the game, and when he gets his confidence, he's going to be an unbelievable player. He's showing that now. It's amazing how Earl [Watson] and coach wanted to continue to go to him at the end of the game."

Jazz forward Gordon Hayward on his defense of Kobe on the last shot:
"Al [Jefferson] and Paul [Milsap] came up to me right away and said stay down on his fake. It is tempting. He puts the ball right there and it is a really good shot fake, you want to go for it, but you stay disciplined and you stay down and force a tough look."

Jazz forward Gordon Hayward on going against Kobe in a game-saving situation:
"It was fun. You're out there competing and especially against Kobe Bryant, growing up, you idolize him. It was a lot of fun."



Pau Gasol hasn't missed a game all season. If that streak continues, the Los Angeles Lakers' home streak over the Utah Jazz likely will as well.

Gasol will be a game-time decision Tuesday night when the Lakers try for their 18th straight home win over the Jazz, losers of eight straight.

Los Angeles (55-21) had its nine-game win streak snapped with a 95-90 home loss to Denver on Sunday, but any extended loss of Gasol would make the defeat worse. Gasol was fouled by Nene on a dunk and crashed to the floor holding his right knee with 9:17 left in the third quarter, and went to the dressing room before returning to the game.

Gasol has been diagnosed with a right knee bone bruise.

"I feel actually a little better than I did last night, which is a good sign," Gasol said Monday. "I feel good about it."

Gasol has averaged 19.0 points on 64.9 percent shooting and 9.0 rebounds to help Los Angeles go 2-1 against Utah (36-41) this season. He feels the injury could have been much worse.

"It was a scary moment for me but I was able to get up and while I was walking the pain was kind of decreasing, so that's a good sign too," Gasol said.

Andrew Bynum left Sunday's game with a knee injury, but he expects to play Tuesday.

The Lakers fell 2 1/2 games behind San Antonio for the best record in the Western Conference. That's the same margin they lead Dallas by for the No. 2 seed.

Los Angeles needs five more wins to reach 60 for the 12th time and third under coach Phil Jackson. All seven of Jackson's teams to reach 60 victories won the NBA title, including five times with Chicago.

It's clear that the coach's methods that have earned him the moniker the "Zen Master" have had a positive effect on the Lakers.

"You don't get too high, you don't get too low," guard Kobe Bryant said. "You don't listen to the praises, you don't listen to the criticisms. You just go out there and do your job, and you do it the best you can."

Including the playoffs, the Lakers have not lost at home to the Jazz since Jan. 1, 2006.

Los Angeles put five players in double figures in a 96-85 victory at Utah on Friday, rallying from a six-point halftime deficit. Jackson felt the grueling effort a day after a huge win over Dallas was a reason for the Lakers' loss Sunday.

"To get in at 3:30 in the morning and then have to really put it down to beat Utah instead of having a game in which we probably could have had a great energy at the start and maybe have a laugher as we went through it," Jackson said. "It was a game that took a lot out of us to play, and guys were still exhausted from that game."

Utah has not lost nine straight since March 4-19, 2005. That 2004-05 season is the lone losing campaign for the Jazz in the previous 27 seasons.

They are one loss away from another one after allowing Sacramento to shoot 51.9 percent in Sunday's 106-97 loss.

"They shot the ball well," coach Tyrone Corbin said. "Our defense was not there."

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Game Announcements

Lakers Kobe Bryant (sprained left ankle) will play.
Devin Ebanks (stress fracture, left tibia) is out.
Pau Gasol (bone bruise, right knee) is day-to-day.
Theo Ratliff (left knee surgery) is questionable.

Raja Bell (sprained right foot) is out.
Devin Harris (strained right hamstring) is questionable.
Andrei Kirilenko (bruised peroneal nerve in left knee) is out.
Mehmet Okur (lower back rehab) is out.
Ronnie Price (strained left tibialis posterior muscle, left shin contusion) is out.

11/26 - LAL @ UTA L 96-102
01/25 - UTA @ LAL W 120-91
04/01 - LAL @ UTA W 96-85
04/05 - UTA @ LAL

From a scouting and game preparation perspective playing a team twice in a four or five day span in the regular season is a rare gift. We usually spend time analyzing our last contest against a team as well as their most recent games. In this case Utah's only game since we played them last Friday was on Sunday at Sacramento so we basically just need to examine our game at Utah.

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The Lakers currently lead their season-series with Utah 2-1 with one game remaining after taking last season's series from the Jazz 3-1. The Lakers have taken each of the last four season series from Utah: 2006-07 (2-1), 2007-08 (3-1), 2008-09 (2-1), 2009-10 (3-1). The Jazz and Lakers have met 153 times in the regular season (98-55) and 135 times since the Jazz moved to Utah (85-50). The Lakers are 7-3 in their last 10 regular season games against the Jazz. The Lakers are 19-3 all-time against the Jazz at STAPLES Center during the regular season and have won their last nine straight at home (17 in a row including the playoffs). In Utah, the Lakers have gone 4-6 in their last 10 regular season games at EnergySolutions Arena. In their first meeting this season in Utah, the Lakers blew a 19-point lead in a 96-102 loss 11/26/10, but in their most recent meeting at EnergySolutions Arena, the Lakers overcame a 17-point deficit to defeat the Jazz 96-85 4/1/11. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 28-13 against Utah in the regular season. 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. 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 Conf. Semifinals (4-3), 2008 Conf. Semifinals (4-2), 2009 First Round 4-1 and 2010 Conf. Semifinals 4-0.

Tuesday's game against Utah is the first of a back-to-back set with the Jazz and Warriors. This season, the Lakers are 9-4 in the first game and 11-2 in the second of back- to-backs as well as a perfect 12-0 in Home/Road back-to-back games (6-0 in first game (home), 6-0 in second game (road)). On the year, the Lakers will play 15 sets of back-to-back games as opposed to the 20 they faced a season ago. The only other time the Lakers have played 15 or fewer sets of back-to-backs came in the team's first ever NBA season (1948-49) when they also played 15 sets of back-to-backs. Chicago, Milwaukee and Atlanta lead the league with 23 back-to-backs each in 2010-11 while Oklahoma City (17), Phoenix (16) and the Lakers (15) will play the fewest sets this season.

The Lakers 9-game overall and 10-game home win streaks were not the only streaks snapped with their April 3rd loss to the Nuggets. Entering the game against Denver, the Lakers had committed fewer turnovers than their opponent in each of their previous 13 games, the longest streak of its kind for Los Angeles since the NBA began officially tracking turnovers in 1970 and the longest by any NBA team since Cleveland had fewer turnovers than its opponent in 13 consecutive games in 2008-09.*

With their victory at Utah on April 1, the Lakers became just the 4th team since the league introduced the All-Star game in 1951 to post a 17-1 record (or better) out of the break. The 1999-2000 Lakers won their first 16 straight games after the All-Star break, eventually moving to 27-1 before recording their second loss. The only other two teams to win 17 games before recording their second loss after the All-Star Break were the 1990-91 Chicago Bulls (19-1) and 1997-98 Utah Jazz (17-1).

On April 1st, Kobe Bryant was named Western Conference Player of the Month for March 2011. The award is Bryant's 13th Western Conf. Player of the Month honor and 14th Player of the Month award overall. Bryant was also named NBA Player of the Month for December of 2000, a year before the award was divided into Eastern and Western Conferences for the 2001-02 season. The award is the first of the season for Bryant, who has won multiple Player of the Month awards in a single season four times (2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09). Bryant's previous Western Conference Player of the Month awards came in December 2009, January 2009, December 2008, April 2008, February 2008, March of 2007, December 2006, April 2006, January 2006, March 2004, January 2003 and November 2001.

Bryant averaged 25.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists while leading the Lakers to a league-best 12-1 record in March and bringing them to within 2 1⁄2 games of San Antonio for first place in the Western Conference. Bryant achieved several milestones in March: passing Moses Malone for 6th on the NBA's all-time scoring list during a 26- point performance in a win 3/8 at Atlanta as well as passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the Lakers all-time leader in games played in a win over New Orleans 3/27. Bryant also tallied a season-high 42 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists in a 3 OT win over Phoenix 3/22 en route to the Western Conference Player of the Week award on 3/27.

On April 1st, Phil Jackson was named Western Conference Coach of the Month for March 2011. The award is Jackson's fifth Western Conference Coach of the Month honor. Jackson most recently won back-to-back Western Conference Coach of the Month awards for games played in October/November 2008 and April 2008. Jackson also won back-to-back awards for April 2003 and October/November 2003. In March, Jackson led the Lakers to a league-best 12-1 (.923) mark. Prior to these honors, Jackson was last named Coach of the Month in November of 2001 before the award was divided by conference.

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