Final Score: LA Lakers 110, Utah 99
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - 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
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.
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 01:47:07 ET
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