The Lakers tried to come back with a last-ditch defensive effort but it was far too late. The Utah Jazz (12-10) beat the Lakers (9-12), for the second time this season, 117-110.
Utah scored at least 25 points in every quarter, peaking with 35 in the second. The Lakers exploded in the third offensively with 34, but the team's defense just wasn't there.
Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 34 points, hitting 12-of-14 free throws. His teammates got to the line just four times collectively. Meanwhile the Jazz seemed to parade to the line, hitting 21-of-27, as the Lakers almost always seemed to be a step behind Utah's offense.
The Lakers charged back to start the second half, closing within a single point but the Jazz were able to regain control. Utah was able to extend their lead back to seven before the Lakers clawed within three to end the period.
Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 24 points as the Lakers improved to 45.7% from the field. The Lakers only turned the ball over twice in the third quarter.
The Lakers had a terrible quarter defensively, giving up 35 points to the Jazz. Utah shot 55.3% from the field for the game, scoring 15 points off nine Lakers' turnovers.
Jordan Hill was the leading scorer for the Lakers with 13 points on 6-9 shooting from the field. The team shot just 41.7% from the field but hit 7-14 from three-point range to keep the deficit within single digits.
The Jazz were led by both Paul Millsap and Mo Williams with 11 apiece. DeMarre Carroll made an impact defensively while scoring eight points on four-of-seven shooting. Utah climbed ahead by as many as 12 before the Lakers closed the gap to nine.
The Lakers overcame a slow start against the Utah Jazz, emerging with a two-point lead despite the Jazz scoring eight unanswered points to open the game.
Kobe Bryant led all scorers with nine points but reserve big man Jordan Hill seemed to be the difference-maker, logging six points in only six minutes. The Lakers shot 47.8% from the field with four turnovers, three early in the quarter.