NBA Game Summary - LA Lakers at Utah|
(Wednesday, November 7th)
Final Score: Utah 95, LA Lakers 86
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Randy Foye scored a team-high 17 points
off the bench for the Jazz, who defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 95-86, on
Foye caught fire in the fourth, draining four 3-pointers in the period, and Al
Jefferson posted a double-double with 18 points and 10 boards for the Jazz,
who snapped a three-game skid.
"Oh man, I was feeling it," Foye said. "I've got to give a lot of credit to my
teammates, my teammates found me at the right spots and I just knocked down
Mo Williams, who has led Utah in scoring over the first four games, scored 16
on 8-of-13 shooting and dished out seven assists in the victory.
Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 29 points and Dwight Howard added 19 points and
nine boards for the Lakers, who were coming off their first win of the season
against the Pistons after dropping their first three.
The Jazz led all of the opening quarter. Jefferson poured in eight of his
points in the first, helping Utah out to a 25-17 advantage heading into the
Williams, who scored 10 in the second period, drained a 19-footer to extend
Utah's lead to 15 just over four minutes in. The Jazz maintained a double-
digit advantage until Bryant hit a pair of free throws with 2:29 to go, but
Williams buried another jumper to give the Jazz a 51-41 lead at halftime.
The Lakers made a push late in the third to make it a 60-56 game with 1:57
left in the quarter. They embarked on a 9-0 run, with Steve Blake hitting a
three during the stretch to cut the deficit to single-digits, but the Jazz
pushed the advantage back to eight, entering the final period at 65-57.
Metta World Peace knocked down a three to reduce Utah's lead to five with 7:39
remaining in the fourth, but the Jazz did not wilt. Foye caught fire and
drained 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions to build the lead back to
11 at 79-68.
Bryant scored the Lakers' final 14 points, but it wasn't enough for Los
Angeles, which has surprisingly dropped four of its first five games.
"I thought we didn't play well offensively," Lakers coach Mike Brown said. "I
can count on both hands and both feet how many wide-open shots we had,
especially from the three-point line, that you hope or think is going to go
in. Every wide-open three that we missed or every time we went up to try to
dunk the ball or lay it in and it got stripped or it got knocked out of our
hands, it made us tighten up a little bit more. Again, we didn't do a good job
of moving on to the next play."
The Lakers will return home to play six straight before heading on the road
again ... The Jazz turned 19 Lakers turnovers into 19 points ... Los Angeles
went to the free throw line 46 times, connecting on just 32 shots. The Jazz
made 16-of-18 from the line.
11/08 00:37:44 ET