Utah jumped out of the gate with momentum, taking a 25-17 lead into the second quarter. The Jazz were the more physical, more organized team early, and that pattern would continue late into the contest.
The second half saw the Lakers go multiple trips without points, which is not a recipe for success for a team that is in the bottom half of the league in points allowed.
Simply put, the Lakers can’t afford to go so many possessions without scoring the basketball.
Like we’ve seen throughout parts of this season, the Lakers looked best when they were able to get out and play in transition. The only times they seemed to have momentum is when they were playing fast, as their half-court game just could not get it done most of the night.
Kobe Bryant led the way for the Lakers with 29 points, but the team couldn’t hold on, losing their fourth in their first five games.