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Paul Millsap scores 24, Jazz stun Lakers

By GREG BEACHAM


Posted Mar 18 2012 9:22PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) Paul Millsap scored 24 points, Enes Kanter added 17 points and eight rebounds, and the Utah Jazz handed the Los Angeles Lakers just their second home loss since Christmas, 103-99 on Sunday night.

Rookie Alec Burks scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter for the Jazz, who snapped the Lakers' five-game winning streak while winning three straight games of their own for the first time in two months. Utah has posted back-to-back wins without leading scorer Al Jefferson, who attended his grandmother's funeral in Mississippi this weekend.

NBA scoring leader Kobe Bryant had 15 points on 3-for-20 shooting for the Lakers, punctuating his horrific night by missing a tying 3-point attempt in the waning seconds.

Andrew Bynum had 33 points and 11 rebounds while making 12 of his 14 shots for Los Angeles, which had won 19 of its last 20 games at Staples Center since losing its season opener to Chicago.

Millsap punctuated his latest phenomenal performance against the Lakers with a driving three-point play with 40.7 seconds left after Los Angeles had trimmed Utah's lead to 99-96. After Bryant converted a three-point play, Matt Barnes blocked Millsap's shot to set up Bryant's tying look off a pick - but he missed his 17th shot of the night, and Millsap grabbed the clinching rebound.

Pau Gasol had 18 points and 10 rebounds, but Los Angeles committed 24 turnovers - albeit none in the fourth quarter - and never caught up to the Jazz down the stretch. Ramon Sessions had 10 points and six assists in his second game for the Lakers, and Steve Blake went scoreless for the second game as Derek Fisher's replacement in Los Angeles' starting lineup.

Derrick Favors had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who relied on simple offensive sets and relentless physical defense to harass Bryant and the Lakers into their worst home performance of the year. Utah improved to 6-16 on the road with its second win at Staples Center in three trips after losing 17 straight road games against the Lakers.

Utah also didn't miss a beat without Jefferson or guard Raja Bell, who has missed two games with a strained hip muscle.

Metta World Peace scored three points for the Lakers in 18 minutes before leaving the court in the second half with left hip bursitis.

Sessions gave another strong performance off the bench, immediately injecting speed and playmaking that the Lakers have lacked all season long. Although he went 1 for 7 from the field, Sessions repeatedly drove the lane - something Fisher hasn't done regularly for years - and earned 10 free throws.

The Lakers got off to a passionless start, committing 10 turnovers in the first quarter. Bryant missed his first six shots before hitting a 3-pointer midway through the second quarter, and the Lakers made a 12-2 run led by Sessions' aggressive playmaking.

Utah finished the first half on a 12-1 run, taking the lead into halftime on Harris' last-minute steal and layup.

NOTES: Gasol hit a 3-pointer in the first quarter, improving his season percentage to 4 for 17. He also hit a 3-pointer from the corner during the Lakers' overtime win at Utah in January. ... Jordan Hill was cleared to play for the Lakers after Fisher apparently reached a buyout with the Houston Rockets, who acquired the five-time NBA champion point guard last week. ... Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Flea sat in the Lakers' radio broadcast. Earlier Sunday, the longtime Lakers season ticket-holder finished the Los Angeles Marathon in 3 hours, 41 minutes.


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Points Bynum 33, 12-14 FG
Rebounds Bynum 11, 1 OFF 10 DEF
Assists Sessions/Barnes 6
Steals Bryant/World Peace 2
Blocks Bynum 2


POSTGAME QUOTES



Mike Brown:

Lakers coach Mike Brown’s opening statement: “Obviously we turned the ball over and a lot of those turnovers I felt were unforced. And it’s going to be hard to beat any team with unforced turnovers that we had tonight as a group. We gave up a lot of points because our floor balance was not good, and we turned the ball over. I thought that was a big hindrance or concern for us throughout the entire night. The second thing for us was their physicality kind of took us out of what we wanted to do and what we wanted to run. Our turnovers and their physicality was a huge thing. We had 24 turnovers and still scored over 100 points, and that’s what makes it disappointing.”

Lakers coach Mike Brown on team’s defense tonight: “We talked to our guys about our defense slipping a little bit. The last five or six games, we’ve given up 100 points very easily to our opponents and that’s not who we are. We have to get back to committing to the defensive end of the floor and not giving up easy buckets or not giving up baskets the way that we have been. For those guys to shoot over 47 percent on us and score 103 points, that’s mind boggling for us defensively.”

Lakers coach Mike Brown on Andrew Bynum not getting more shots tonight: “He will only get so many shots a game because every time he touches the basketball, he’s going to get doubled. So he’s going to have to kick the ball out and sometimes, somebody else is going to have to make a play. But when you’re a big, it’s easy to take a big out of the game. So for him to score 33 points when he got doubled and tripled on almost every single possession, it’s a testament.”

Lakers coach Mike Brown on trying to get more guys involved when Kobe is struggling: “The bottom line is he’s our guy. The shots he took, I’d give it to him again. I don’t know how many shots he missed near the rim --- I mean point-blank shots. So for me, the shots he took, he’s our guy. I’ll play that game all over again and have him shoot the same ones and if he goes 3-for-20, then he goes 3-for-20.”




Andrew Bynum:

Lakers’ Andrew Bynum on what happened down the stretch tonight: “I gave some people points that really don’t score. Defense kind of falls on my shoulders as the center and I could have done a better job clogging the lane.”

Lakers’ Andrew Bynum on his game tonight: “I think that early on there were opportunities to score that I didn’t take advantage of. After that I played a pretty good basketball game so for me offense is coming along fine. Being a defensive captain every single night is something that I am kind of up and down with and I am going to get better at it.”

Lakers’ Andrew Bynum on playing the Jazz tonight: “They beat us last time in Utah so this is a team that we struggle with because everybody can do something. We have got guys, including myself, that come out sometimes and we don’t play people honestly and that caused us some problems sometimes but it’s going to get fixed.”

Lakers’ Andrew Bynum on tonight’s game: “I think that what we didn’t do was stay in our system, offensively. We have to have Pau [Gasol] or myself, one of us has to be down the court and one of us has to be trailing every time to dictate where we are going to go with the basketball.”




Pau Gasol:

Lakers’ Pau Gasol on tonight’s game: “It was a tough one and we had way too many turnovers. I don’t know if it was overconfidence or just too sloppy but we gave them too many opportunities. They played well, played consistent during the game, and took advantage of the opportunities and made us pay for our mistakes. We have got to limit our mistakes and limit our turnovers.”

Lakers’ Pau Gasol on the team’s offense: “We didn’t have a good flow offensively and the ball got stuck a little too much on the strong side of the floor and that favored them, obviously.”




Ramon Sessions:

Lakers’ Ramon Sessions on his role with the team: “Whatever we can do, I’m just here to help the team. And whatever that is, whether it’s off the bench, starting, it doesn’t matter as long as we’re winning games.”

Lakers’ Ramon Sessions on what he is doing to get up to speed: “I do a lot of studying, watch a lot of film of these guys. You know, the Lakers are not a secret team so I’ve watched them in the past on TV, I know guys tendencies. But still, it’d be better with practice time.”

Lakers’ Ramon Sessions on his second game with the team: “Just being more relaxed. I know my place now. I’ve got a practice under my belt, I know the defensive schemes. Still a few things I don’t know yet, but the more time I get with these guys the better I’ll fit in.”




Kobe Bryant:

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant on what happened during the last couple minutes of the game: “Just a breakdown in communication, but also they made some tough shots. Millsap made some tough shots. That young kid drove to the basket and got a big three-point play which was a tough shot. They made big plays. That’s what happens when you have a team that hangs around at the end of the ball game sometimes they make big plays.”

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant on what went wrong in the last couple minutes of the game: “We didn’t make enough plays defensively down the stretch to kind of get us over the hump.”

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant on what the team needs to do to rebound from tonight’s loss: “Just do what we do, just keep playing. Just one of those nights. We threw the ball all over the place, couldn’t make a shot. We’ve got games like this every now and then, but it’s not a constant reoccurrence.”




Tyrone Corbin:

Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin on: “Lakers always give you trouble with their height and size with Bynum and Pau down there. But I thought we did a great job of just being physical for the most part. Bynum had has way there for a little while but [our] guys continued to fight. We got into foul trouble there a little bit but we didn’t let it deter us at all. We stayed physical and we did a good job getting the win.”

Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin on Alec Burks performance tonight: “Alec Burks did a great job. The drive to the basket for the and-one, the offensive tip gave us a big lift there when [the Lakers] were coming back on us. He just plays.”

Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin on Enes Kanter: “We thought he had an advantage. He did a great job of being poised and taking his time and going to the basket and making the basket at the end there was really big for us.”

Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin on having a young team: “That’s who we are. Right from the beginning of the year we knew we had to play our young guys to get them some experience on the floor to develop them with our veteran group of guys.”




Gordon Hayward:

Jazz Gordon Hayward on the play of the young guys: “We all believe in ourselves and our teammates believe in us. The young guys played really well tonight. We need that production on a consistent basis.”

Jazz Gordon Hayward on the team’s defensive strategy against Kobe Bryant: “He’s a great player and we were just trying to make it difficult for him. We tried to make each shot contested and not give him anything easy. C.J. (Miles) did a tremendous job on him, and allowed all of the other guys that guarded him to frustrate him a little bit.”




Alec Burks:

Jazz Alec Burks on his game tonight: “I wanted to play aggressive and bring energy. That’s what I did and I’m glad we got the win.”

Jazz Alec Burks on closing the game in the fourth quarter: “We just kept fighting. We knew they were going to make a run because they’ve got a good team. They’ve got Kobe so everyone knew they were going to make a run.”




Paul Millsap:

Jazz Paul Millsap on his offensive mindset: “I just wanted to be aggressive whether that’s driving to the rim, drawing a defender, or kicking the ball out to an open guy. I wanted to keep their big guys moving and keep them off their heels. That was my main focus tonight.”

Jazz Paul Millsap on the team’s execution down the stretch: “We slowed the game down. Devin Harris did a great job of controlling the tempo down the stretch. We got what we wanted. Whether it was a jump shot or it was a layup to the basket, guys were aggressive at getting to the basket.”

Jazz Paul Millsap on the win: “It’s big for our team. It’s big in our development and it’s big in our growth. We just continue to push forward.”

Jazz Paul Millsap on if he was surprised by the play of the young guys: “For those guys to go out there and show that type of heart I am surprised. I’m not going to sit here and say that I’m not. For Enes (Kanter) to come in against one of the top centers in this league and do what he did is remarkable. That’s going to help him out in his confidence.”

Jazz Paul Millsap on the team’s recent success defensively: “We’re helping each other and we’re being active. We’re getting our hands on a lot of deflections. We are a confident team and we have confidence on the defensive end. We feel like we can stop anybody.”






Jazz-Lakers Preview

By KATE HEDLIN


Posted Mar 17 2012 11:05PM

The Los Angeles Lakers were sad to see a well-liked teammate traded, but kept on winning nonetheless.

The Lakers will go for their season-high sixth straight victory Sunday when they host the Utah Jazz, who will be without leading scorer Al Jefferson for a second consecutive game.

Playing its first game since trading veteran guard Derek Fisher to Houston on Thursday, Los Angeles (28-16) defeated Minnesota 97-92 on Friday for its fifth consecutive win overall and 10th in a row at home.

Kobe Bryant scored 28 points, going 5 of 8 from 3-point range, while Andrew Bynum added 15 points and 14 rebounds and Pau Gasol, who remained with the team after months of trade rumors, finished with 17 points and 11 boards.

"It was a big load off my shoulders" to pass the trade deadline, Gasol said. "It was exhausting to have to deal with for two, three months pretty much on a daily basis."

Steve Blake took over Fisher's point guard role Friday with underwhelming results, going scoreless with six assists in 28 minutes. Newly-acquired Ramon Sessions performed better. The former Cleveland Cavalier had seven points, five assists and four rebounds in 20 minutes during his Lakers debut.

"You can see his quickness," coach Mike Brown said of Sessions. "He's got a second, third and probably even a fourth gear, where he got out and got to the rim and kind of beat everybody down the floor. ... So it was good to see."

Despite Sessions' promising play, Brown said Saturday that Blake will remain the starter for the time being.

Los Angeles will look to take advantage of a short-handed Utah team Sunday.

The Jazz (22-22) will again be without Jefferson, who has left the team for the weekend to attend his grandmother's funeral in Mississippi.

They didn't need him Saturday in a 99-92 overtime win at home over Golden State. Derrick Favors, starting in Jefferson's place, finished with career highs of 23 points and 17 rebounds. Paul Millsap added 13 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks.

Favors scored four of the first six points in overtime.

"Coach (Ty Corbin) trusted me enough at the end of the game to keep me in, so I couldn't let him down," Favors said.

Utah has won three of four - including the last two games in overtime - and is trying to win three in a row for the first time since Jan. 14-17. The Jazz are currently ninth in the Western Conference, 1 1/2 games behind Houston for the eighth and final playoff spot.

However, Utah has lost three straight on the road to fall to 5-16 there on the season.

This is the fourth and final meeting of the regular season between the Jazz and Lakers. Los Angeles won the first two, including a 90-87 overtime victory at Utah on Jan. 11 in which Bryant scored 40 points. The Jazz won the last meeting, also at home, 96-87 on Feb. 4.

Utah has lost 10 of its last 11 games against the Lakers at Staples Center.


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Probable Starters .
  Lakers    
  #15 World Peace SF #8 Howard  
  #16 GasolPF #24 Millsap  
  #17 Bynum C #25 Jefferson  
  #24 Bryant SG #19 Bell  
  #5 Blake PG #5 Harris  



Lakers Andrew Bynum
(bruised right knee) is probable.
Darius Morris
(bruised left wrist) is day-to-day.
Kobe Bryant
(nasal fracture) is probable.

None


Game 1: 12/27 - UTA @ LAL W 96-71
Game 2: 01/11 - LAL @ UTA W 90-87
Game 3: 02/04 - LAL @ UTA L 87-96
Game 4: 03/18 - UTA @ LAL


GAME NOTES

SEASON & SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers lead the season series with Utah 2-1 after splitting last season’s series 2-2. Last season’s split snapped 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 157 times in the regular season (100-57) and 139 times since the Jazz moved to Utah (87-52). The Lakers are 6-4 in their last 10 regular season games against the Jazz. The Lakers are 20-4 all-time against the Jazz at STAPLES Center during the regular season but lost their second home contest with Utah last season (4/5/11), a loss that was the Lakers first to the Jazz at STAPLES Center since January 1, 2006, snapping a nine game home win streak (17 in a row including the playoffs). In Utah, the Lakers have gone 5-5 in their last 10 regular season games at EnergySolutions Arena. In their first meeting of last season in Utah, the Lakers blew a 19-point lead in a 96-102 loss 11/26/10 but overcame a 17- point deficit to defeat the Jazz 96-85 4/1/11 in their second contest 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. 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).


BYNUM ON A ROLL
With 37 points in the Lakers double overtime victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on March 13th, Andrew Bynum recorded his third career 30+ point game but second in his last five contests. Additionally, by going 15-of-18 from the field (83.3 percent), Bynum’s night marked just the fourth time in Lakers history that a player has scored at least 37 points on better than 83 percent shooting. The last Laker to accomplish this was Shaquille O’Neal, who did so back on November 19, 1999 in a victory over the Bulls.


FISHER SCORES 10,000th CAREER POINT
With a three-pointer at the 5:17 mark of the first quarter March 13 at Memphis, Derek Fisher reached 10,000 points for his career. In doing so, he became the 308th player in NBA history to record at least 10,000 points in his career. Among active players, he became the 47th player to have scored 10,000 or more points, doing so in the closest NBA city to Little Rock, Arkansas, where he grew up and starred collegiality.


LAKERS MAKE IT 18 STRAIGHT AGAINST THE TIMBERWOLVES
Despite trailing by 14 points in the first quarter, the Lakers rallied to defeat the Timberwolves 105-102 on March 9th, extending their win streak against Minnesota to 18 games, the longest active win streak by one NBA team against another. The streak is the longest by the Lakers against another team since they defeated the Dallas Mavericks 19 straight times from 1995-99. The 14-point lead on 3/9/12 was the Timberwolves’ largest in any of their 18-straight losses to the Lakers, with their only other double-digit lead being a 10-point advantage on 3/18/11 at STAPLES Center.*


BRYANT YOUNGEST IN NBA HISTORY TO 29,000 POINTS; 5th EVER TO REACH MILESTONE
With a free throw at the 2:05 mark of the second quarter March 9th at Minnesota, Kobe Bryant reached 29,000 points for his career. In doing so, Bryant became the youngest to 29,000 points in NBA history (33 years, 199 days), surpassing Wilt Chamberlain (34 years, 198 days), who reached the milestone back on March 7, 1971. Michael Jordan (35 years, 45 days), Karl Malone (35 years, 105 days) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (35 years, 298 days) round out the five players in NBA history to score 29,000 points. Additionally, in reaching 29,000 points in 1,143 games, Bryant became the 5th fastest in terms of games. Chamberlain was the fastest to reach 29,000, doing so in 874 games, followed by Jordan (922), Abdul-Jabbar (1,056) and Malone (1,113).

Earlier this season, with a free throw at the 10:43 mark of the 3rd quarter January 1st at Denver, Kobe Bryant reached 28,000 points for his career, becoming the youngest to 28,000 points in NBA history (33 years, 131 days), surpassing Wilt Chamberlain (34 year, 109 days) who reached the milestone back on December 8, 1970. Michael Jordan (34 years, 333 days), the only other guard in NBA history to score 28,000 points, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (34 years, 363 days), Karl Malone (35 years, 212 days), and Shaquille O’Neal (37 years, 319 days) round out the top six. The youngest player in league history to accumulate 19,000 – 20,000 and 23,000 – 29,000 points, Bryant was the 16th fastest to 18,000, 15th fastest to 19,000, 15th fastest to 20,000, 12th fastest to 21,000, 12th fastest to 22,000, 11th fastest to 23,000, 9th fastest to 24,000, 9th fastest to 25,000, 8th fastest to 26,000 points, 5th fastest to 27,000 points and 5th fastest to 28,000 points in terms of games.


LAKERS MAKE IT 18 STRAIGHT AGAINST THE TIMBERWOLVES
Despite trailing by 14 points in the first quarter, the Lakers rallied to defeat the Timberwolves 105-102 on March 9th, extending their win streak against Minnesota to 18 games, the longest active win streak by one NBA team against another. The streak is the longest by the Lakers against another team since they defeated the Dallas Mavericks 19 straight times from 1995-99. The 14-point lead on 3/9/12 was the Timberwolves’ largest in any of their 18-straight losses to the Lakers, with their only other double-digit lead being a 10-point advantage on 3/18/11 at STAPLES Center.*


WORKING OVERTIME
The Lakers 85-88 overtime loss 3/6 at Detroit was the team’s 3rd overtime contest of the season. The Lakers are now 2-1 in overtime games this year, after going a perfect 4-0 in overtime games last season. Prior to their overtime loss 3/6 at Detroit, the Lakers had won six straight overtime contests. During the 2009-10 season, the Lakers finished 4-1 in overtime games, after going 2-1 in three overtime games in the 2008-09 season and 4-0 in four overtime games during the 2007-08 campaign. The Lakers’ 10 overtime contests in the 2006-07 season established a new Los Angeles era record for overtime games in a single season. With their overtime loss at Detroit, the Lakers all-time overtime record is now 137-91 (.601).


BRYANT SETS ALL-TIME RECORD FOR POINTS SCORED AT ONE ARENA
With 38 points in the Lakers 115-107 victory over the Sacramento Kings March 2nd at STAPLES Center, Kobe Bryant set the all-time record for points scored at one arena on the 50th anniversary of fellow Philadelphia native Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game. Bryant has now scored 13,788 points at STAPLES Center, passing Hakeem Olajuwon’s mark of 13,783 points tallied at Compaq Center, former home of the Houston Rockets. Olajuwon held the record since taking it from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (12,529 points scored at the Forum) in March 1998.*


*Statistical research assistance provided by the Elias Sports Bureau






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