Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Live Score and Analysis

Sean HojnackiFeatured ColumnistFebruary 11, 2014

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The Los Angeles Lakers battled the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night with both teams sitting on the cellar steps, and the Lakers never found an offensive rhythm in the ragged 96-79 loss.

The Lakers (18-34) were already without Pau Gasol (groin) and a slew of other players before they lost Steve Nash at halftime when his nerve root irritation flared up.

Alec Burks led the Jazz (18-33) with 24 points off the bench and paced a unit of reserves that totaled 51 points, 30 more than the Lakers bench. Gordon Hayward notched 15 points, eight boards and seven dimes. Derrick Favors double-doubled with 11 and 10.

Chris Kaman led the Lakers with 25 points on 11-of-24 shooting, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots, but he was the offensive focal point despite the Jazz eventually double-teaming him in the post. Wesley Johnson scored 15 points, and Shawne Williams scored only 11 after a hot start.

The Lakers shot just 38.8 percent against a Jazz team that ranks last in the league in defensive efficiency, per NBA.com. Their 79 points were 21 below Utah's average scoring allowed. 

L.A. led by 15 in the first quarter before the offense dried up in their 10-point second quarter. They closed to within a point in the third but still managed to trail by 20 in the final minute. 

The Jazz wrap things up at home before the All-Star break with the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. The Lakers don't have a back-to-back, but they'll face a mammoth test when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday.