Lakers Vs. Jazz: L.A. Dominates As Team Earns First Victory Of Season

The Lakers have won 26 of their last 29 home games against the Jazz, including the playoffs.

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Lakers vs. Jazz Final Score: Kobe Bryant Dominates As LA Blows Out Utah

The Los Angeles Lakers got off to a slow start against Chicago and Sacramento, but the team bounced back to dominate a bad Utah Jazz team on Tuesday night by a score of 96-71. The game was seemingly over just a few minutes into the third quarter and it was a blowout by the start of the fourth. It was an interesting matchup to say the least, with the Jazz playing their first game of the season while LA was at the end of a back-to-back-to-back stretch.

Kobe Bryant continued to play well despite torn tendons in his wrist and ended his night with 26 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in 31 minutes. Perhaps his most impressive feat on Tuesday was the Lakers +/- numbers with Bryant on the floor (33), which was higher than any other player. Pau Gasol played well as he scored 22 points and brought down nine rebounds, while Ron Arte -- I mean Metta World Peace -- scored 15 points off the bench.

Paul Millsap led the way for Utah with an efficient 18 points, while Josh Howard added 10 of his own. Those were the only two players for Utah to reach double figures offensively. Enes Kanter, who was making his NBA debut after being drafted this past summer, scored eight points and brought down 11 rebounds, although he shot 1-for-7 from the field.

This was a much-needed win for Los Angeles and will hopefully get the team back on track. They'll have a day of rest on Wednesday before welcoming in the Knicks on Thursday. The game will be televised on TNT.

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Lakers vs. Jazz Score: Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol Playing Well In First Half

The Los Angeles Lakers are looking to get back on track after back-to-back losses to Chicago and Sacramento to begin the season, and if the first half was any indication, Kobe and crew are well on their way to that first victory. In what was a stellar defensive effort, Los Angeles leads the the Utah Jazz by a score of 41-31.

Kobe Bryant had a strong half with 9 points, five rebounds and four assists, and he did so in obvious pain as he continues to recover from a wrist injury. Pau Gasol asserted himself nicely in the first quarter and ended the half with a team-leading 11 points. Steve Blake has eight points off the bench and hit two 3's in the first half.

The Jazz struggled mightily on the offensive end of the court and made just 13 of their 50 shots. Josh Howard leads the team with six points and did so coming off the bench. Al Jefferson shot 2-for-14 from the field, although he has brought down 10 rebounds already. Devin Harris is on his way to a double-double with five points and five assists in the first half.

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Lakers Vs. Jazz Starting Lineups: Pau Gasol, Josh McRoberts Expected To Start Despite Injuries

The Los Angeles Lakers return home to Staples Center on Tuesday night, looking for their first win of the season hosting the Utah Jazz. Playing their third game in three nights to open the season, forwards Pau Gasol and Josh McRoberts are expected to start despite minor injuries.

McRoberts left Monday's loss in Sacramento in the third quarter with a sprained left big toe one day after spraining his left thumb against Chicago, but is expected to play Tuesday night per Brian Kamenetzky of ESPN LA. In addition, Gasol has a sprained right shoulder but it isn't expected to keep him out of the lineup.

Utah is playing its first game of the season, the first of two road games in two nights as they travel to Denver to play the Nuggets on Wednesday. Here are the probable starters for Tuesday's game:

Jazz (0-0)

Point Guard: Devin Harris

Shooting Guard: Raja Bell

Small Forward: Gordon Hayward

Power Forward: Derrick Favors

Center: Al Jefferson

Lakers (0-2)

Point Guard: Derek Fisher

Shooting Guard: Kobe Bryant

Small Forward: Devin Ebanks

Power Forward: Josh McRoberts

Center: Pau Gasol

Tuesday's 7:30 p.m. PST game will be televised by TNT. For more Lakers news and information, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Vs. Jazz: Game Time, TV Information, And More

The Los Angeles Lakers are off to just their third 0-2 start in the last 27 years, and look to avoid their first 0-3 start since the 1978-1979 campaign as they host the Utah Jazz at Staples Center in a nationally televised game Tuesday night on TNT. Here are the relevant details for Tuesday's game:

Records: Lakers (0-2), Jazz (0-0); Utah is playing its season opener, while the Lakers are playing their third game in three nights.

Location: Staples Center, downtown Los Angeles

Time: 7:30 p.m.

TV: TNT, with Kevin Harlan and Reggie Miller on the call

Home Sweet Home: The Lakers lost at Staples Center to Utah last April 5, but have generally owned the Jazz in Los Angeles for a decade. That loss snapped a 17-game home winning streak against Utah, including the playoffs, and the Lakers are 25-3 at home against the Jazz since 2001.

Tough Road: Utah is just 2-12 all-time when opening their season on the road.

Outside Shooting Woes: The Lakers have made just five of 32 three-point shots this season, including just one of 16 against Sacramento on Monday night.

Twelve Minutes at a Time: The Lakers have been outscored in six of eight quarters so far this season.

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Lakers Vs. Jazz: What Changes Do 0-2 Lakers Need?

These are worrisome times in Lakerland, as the Los Angeles Lakers are off to an 0-2 start for just the third time in the last 27 seasons. It seems far too early to panic, but there is a sense of uneasiness with the Lakers' start to the season, especially with their loss Monday night to the lowly Sacramento Kings.

After trading Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks, the team that ousted them in the second round of last year's playoffs, the Lakers as currently constructed don't look like a team that can win their third championship in four seasons. At Silver Screen and Roll, Saurav A. Das wrote that the Lakers are in need of a playmaker.

"I think the Lakers' championship hopes for this season rely not on a big-for-big swap to get Dwight Howard, but on getting another dribble penetrator, the one thing Lamar provided that hasn't been replaced," Das wrote. "Whether this player be a wing or guard is irrelevant (particularly considering the Lakers can still amnesty Walton if they must), but they must be able to create shots for themselves as well as others off the dribble - youth wouldn't hurt."

The Lakers tried to add a playmaker to the offense in Chris Paul this offseason, but that trade was famously denied by commissioner David Stern. Instead, Paul was traded to the Clippers and it's no longer ludicrous to suggest a possible changing of the guard in Los Angeles. That change looks to be more and more sooner rather than later by the day.

Again, we are only two games into a 66-game NBA season, and by Saturday the Lakers will have center Andrew Bynum back. As Tom Ziller of SB Nation noted, that might be exactly what the Lakers need to turn things around, especially if Bynum takes on a larger role in the offense:

Maybe the right play is to play a bit of keep-away from Kobe, and be more aggressive. Bynum has never had a problem being aggressive. If he touches the ball regularly, he will get shots up. They will largely be less efficient shots than what Gasol could get if so inclined, but they will be shots Kobe isn't taking. At this point, that could end up a blessing.

The Lakers host the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night at Staples Center.

Tuesday's 7:30 p.m. PST game will be televised by TNT. For more Lakers news and information, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Host Jazz Still Looking For First Win Of Season

The Lakers are just 3-7 in their last 10 games at Staples Center, including the playoffs.

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