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Five takeaways from Lakers' victory over Utah Jazz
Five takeaways from Lakers' victory over Utah Jazz

The Lakers trailed the Utah Jazz by 22 points and another exhibition embarrassment was on the way. Or so it appeared. Instead, the Lakers started playing defense and took a 98-91 victory Sunday at Staples Center. 1. The Lakers had 17 steals against the Jazz, an incredible number for any game at any time. In fact, the Lakers forced 29 turnovers. Score one (finally) for Coach Byron Scott’s commitment to defense. 2. Kobe, Kobe, Kobe. As usual. Does anything ever change around here? There were doubts after he played only six games last season, and some may still exist, but he had 26 points in 32 minutes Sunday. If he shot better than seven for 22, Lakers fans would have been overjoyed....

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