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                        === Gasol, Lakers down Jazz ===
 Los  Angeles, CA  ( -  Pau Gasol  narrowly missed  a triple-
 double  with 23  points, 17  rebounds and  eights assists  as the  Los Angeles
 Lakers beat the Utah Jazz, 110-99, at Staples Center.
 Kendall  Marshall posted  career-highs  with  20 points,  15  assists and  six
 rebounds  and Jodie Meeks  added 18 points and six helpers for the Lakers, who
 snapped a six-game skid.
 "We  communicated  tonight. I am thankful  for the position I'm in. I'm trying
 to make the best of it. My goal tonight was to win the game. I felt like I was
 back at Carolina," said Marshall, a former standout guard at North Carolina.
 Gordon  Hayward scored  a team-high 22 points and Enes Kanter finished with 16
 points  and 10  rebounds off the bench  for the Jazz, who had won two straight
 entering the contest.
 "We  had opportunities.  We fought  back.  We can't  afford to  fall that  far
 behind,  especially on the  road. We didn't get out to the start we thought we
 would," said Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin.
 Los  Angeles led 83-67 at the start of the fourth, but saw that lead shrink to
 just  four  points, 90-86, following  a 17-9 Jazz run  to the start the fourth
 The  Lakers lead  went back to eight following Gasol's sweeping hook shot with
 3:42,  but  Derrick Favors and Trey  Burke hit back-to-back jumpers to make it
 94-90 with 2:07 left.
 LA,  though,  used an 11-4 run  to go up 105-94,  and it never got closer than
 eight the rest of the way.
 The  Lakers  led 30-12 after holding  the Jazz to just 23.1 percent (6-for-26)
 shooting  over the first 12 minutes. The hosts went up by as many as 20 in the
 second  frame, but the  Jazz rallied to cut the deficit to 12, 52-40, entering
 the break.
 LA's  lead ballooned once  again, this time to 21 points, in the third and the
 Lakers took an 83-67 edge into the final frame.
                                   Game Notes
 The  Lakers shot 51.9 percent (42-for-81) from the floor ... Marshall made his
 first  career start with the Lakers ... Richard Jefferson scored 16 points and
 Favors had 11 points and six rebounds in the loss.
 01/04 01:47:30 ET