Utah 96, L.A. Lakers 87

Date - Saturday, February 4, 2012 9:00 PM
Location - EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
Officials - #23 Jason Phillips, #60 James Williams, #33 Zach Zarba
Attendance - 19642

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
L.A. Lakers 25 24 18 20 87
Utah 22 25 20 29 96

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
L.A. Lakers 0-0 0-0 0-0 L1
Utah 0-0 0-0 0-0 W1


Al Jefferson scored 18 points and added 13 rebounds and the Utah Jazz used a big fourth-quarter run to earn a 96-87 win over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night.

Paul Millsap chipped in with 16 points and 13 boards for Utah, which held the Lakers under 40 percent shooting to improve to 11-4 at home.

Kobe Bryant scored 26 points, Pau Gasol erupted for 24 points and 16 rebounds and Andrew Bynum added 21 points and 12 boards in defeat.

The Lakers were tied with the Jazz after 36 minutes but completely imploded in the fourth quarter, getting outscored 16-1 to open the frame. The meltdown wasn't limited to on-court happenings, as head coach Mike Brown picked up a technical foul and was ejected for making contact with referee Zach Zarba with 8:34 remaining.

Bryant scored nine straight Laker points to close the deficit to single digits, but Earl Watson stemmed the surge with a short jumper and added a pivotal 3-pointer with just over a minute remaining to put the game away.

It marked just the second time in the last seven games that Utah held an opponent under 100 points.

Bryant, Gasol and Bynum all scored in double figures in the opening half but didn't get much help as the Lakers enjoyed a slim 49-47 edge. Jefferson paced the Jazz with 10 first-half points.

Top Game Performances

L.A. Lakers   Utah
Kobe Bryant 26 Scoring Al Jefferson 18
Pau Gasol 4 Assists Earl Watson 11
Pau Gasol 16 Rebounds Al Jefferson 13
Kobe Bryant 11 Free Throws Made Josh Howard 5
Andrew Bynum 1 Steals Earl Watson 2
Andrew Bynum 2 Blocks Al Jefferson 2

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
L.A. Lakers 87 38.7 4-14 25-30 12 42 4 3 14
Utah 96 44.8 4-12 14-20 25 50 6 6 10

Upcoming Games

  • Utah will play their next game on the road against New York. The Jazz have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • L.A. Lakers will play their next game on the road against Philadelphia . The Lakers have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
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