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It's deja vu when Lakers bumble their way to lopsided loss at Utah

It's deja vu when Lakers bumble their way to lopsided loss at Utah

The Utah Jazz used to bring out the worst in the Lakers.

Who could forget Kobe Bryant's four airballs as a rookie in the 1997 playoffs? Or Utah's dominant sweep the next year, Shaquille O'Neal and Bryant unable to stop Karl Malone and John Stockton.

The championship hopes are nil for both franchises now, but the Jazz is back to making the Lakers look dreadful.

Utah punted the Lakers for the second time in as many weeks, leading by 26 points in the second quarter and breezing to a 109-82 victory Saturday.

There was more pitifully sad offense for the Lakers after scoring only 74 points last week against Utah. Down at halftime, 60-36, there was another chance at...

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