Kobe, Lakers Let Win Slip Away In Sloppy Loss To Jazz

Andrew Bynum had a career-high 23 rebounds in the loss.

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Lakers Lose Ugly Game To Jazz, 86-85

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Gordon Hayward's free throw with six seconds remaining lifted the Utah Jazz over the Los Angeles Lakers, 86-85. Hayward finished with 22 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Jazz, who snapped an eight-game skid. Paul Millsap added 22 points and seven boards. Kobe Bryant had 20 points and five assists for the Lakers, who are now 3 1/2 games behind the Spurs for the top seed in the Western Conference. Pau Gasol donated 19 points and five rebounds.

Andrew Bynum chipped in with 12 points and a career-high 23 boards in defeat. Trailing by one, 71-70, with 5:34 to play, the Jazz went on a 12-6 run to go in front. Derrick Favors tallied five points during the burst, which Earl Watson capped with a three-pointer for an 82-77 edge with 2:39 left.

After each team exchanged baskets, Bryant made a three-pointer from the corner to cut Los Angeles' deficit to 84-82 with 1:18 remaining. Bryant then forced an offensive foul on Hayward, but Bryant missed a shot from beyond the arc. Favors made 1-of-2 from the line to make it a three-point contest with 32.3 seconds to go. Bryant drained a trey from the top of the arc at the other end to tie the game.

Hayward was fouled by Bryant and made 1-of-2 from the charity stripe to give Utah an 86-85 margin with six ticks left on the clock. Bryant lost control of the ball in the final seconds to seal the Lakers' fate. The Lakers never led by more than 10 in the first half and took a 40-34 lead into the locker room.

Millsap scored the first six points of the third quarter to tie the game. The remainder of the frame was tight and it ended in a 57-57 tie.

Game Notes

The Jazz and Lakers split four meetings this season...Utah was winless in its previous nine contests at the Lakers...Utah's eight-game skid was its longest losing streak since dropping nine consecutive from March 4-19, 2005...Hayward's 22 points was a career-high.

 

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Pau Gasol Expected To Play Tonight As Lakers Host Jazz

After having their nine-game winning streak snapped on Sunday, the Los Angeles Lakers look to get back on track tonight hosting the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. The Lakers, who beat the Jazz in Utah on Friday, have beaten the Jazz nine straight times in Los Angeles. Utah has lost eight straight games.

Pau Gasol had an MRI on his right knee on Monday, but there is nothing serious, as he is day-to-day with a bone bruise in his knee. He is expected to play tonight, as is Andrew Bynum, who also tweaked his knee on Sunday but is fine and not even listed on the injury report.

The Lakers play back-to-back games, tonight against Utah and Wednesday night in Golden State against the Warriors. The Lakers are 9-4 in the first game of back-to-back games this season, and are 11-2 on the second night. At 17-2, the Lakers currently have the best post-All-Star break winning percentage (.895) in NBA history, narrowly ahead of the Jazz in 1996-1997, who were 31-4 (.886) after the break.

For more news and information on the Lakers or tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Silver Screen and Roll.

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