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With no other PG's on the roster healthy right now, Ronnie Price has played 34 minutes with 6:49 to go. Will reach 40 if he stays in.
“GET THAT S*** OUT” - Julius Randle after blocking Dante Exum’s layup. Maybe.
I remember Julius Randle starting games slow at Summer League and coming on in the 2nd half. That's absolutely been the case tonight.
Warning: 5th straight Julius Randle tweet. He came over for a big swat of Dante Exum, his 2nd block of the half.
Great play by Dante Exum to get to the rim. Greater play by Julius Randle to get up block Exum's shot.
Nice signs this quarter continue for the rookie Julius Randle, who just hit his 3rd straight jump shot. Has 8 quick points.
LAL down 2 despite shooting 38% is thanks to active defense: 23 Jazz turnovers, to LAL's 13, plus second chance points (15-4).
Make that 10 assists for Ronnie Price, when the Lakers had three in all of the first half.
So in succession, from Julius Randle: 17-foot make, driving make at the rim, 17-foot make again. Six quick points for the rook.
CAN’T HANDLE RANDLE, STEVE NOVAK.
Randle taking the 17-footer last time down set him up to get Novak's respect on the next trip, and he drove around him for a paint bucket.
Ronnie Price is diving all over the place tonight, causing havoc. Kobe, Byron both love him.
The shot Kobe wants Randle to get up without hesitation, a 17-footer, goes down for the rookie to put LAL up 74-72.
Nice defensive play from Julius Randle, who came from the weak side to swat Rodney Hood near the rim.
Boozer: 19 points, 9 boards, 6 steals in 28 min.; Kobe: 21 points, 3 assists, 3 boards in 25 min.; Price: 6 points, 7 assists, 3 steals.
LAL down 72-69 after 3 Q's, erasing a 16-point halftime deficit to take the lead before Utah ended the period on a 9-4 run.
"I’ve always liked Carlos Boozer” - Every Lakers fan as of October 19, 2014.
The irony is that after all the disapproving things we've written and said about the Boozer signing, he's on my fantasy team. BK
Ian Clark's been a sudden offensive problem for LAL, his 4 of 4 FG's getting Utah back even at 69.
14 steals for the Lakers tonight. Impressive.
Ed Davis in this half at backup 5 (Sacre got the minutes in the 1st half). Scott's playing both right now behind Hill.
Wesley Johnson just registered a dunk over Carrick Felix that I suspect will get replayed as much as Xavier Henry's slam on Jeff Withey.
MR. WES IS IN THE BUILDING. AIN’T NO QUESTION WHO ABOUT TO KILL ‘EM.
Terrific perimeter defense from Ronnie Price tonight, and it just led to another steal. Johnson dunked again in transition, LAL up 65-62.
2006 CARLOS BOOZER IS ON THE LAKERS RIGHT NOW. This could quickly change, though.
Boozer also just notched his 5th steal. Utah has 19 turnovers. Byron Scott has at least something to by pleased w/defensively there.
Carlos Boozer's had his best game of the preseason: 17 points on 5 of 11 FG's with 8 boards in 24 minutes.
Monster dunk by Wesley Johnson and Lakers fans finally have something to cheer about. Lakers 61, Jazz 57 with 5:26 left in the 3rd quarter.
LAKERS LEAD! THEY LEAD! THEY LEAD 61-57!
It's a 23-3 run after Wesley Johnson got yet another steal and converted a tomahawk on the other end. LAL up 61-57.
Lakers have opened the third quarter on a 19-3 run and lead 59-57.
Lakers play a little defense and get back into this game. And, of course, there's Kobe's 21 points in 22 mins.
The Jazz expected the Lakers to roll over like they did on Thursday. No dice. They're fighting back tonight.
Utah has 7 of their 17 turnovers in the last 5 minutes and 30 seconds. Boozer has 4 steals, and Price/Kobe have been in passing lanes.
Who are these guys in purple and gold? Stu wants to know whether this is the right score after Johnson ties the game on layup
Don't look now but it's Lakers 57, Jazz 57 with 6:31 left in the 3rd quarter. The Lakers were down 22 points in the 2nd quarter.
Tie game. Down 54-38 at the half, it's now a 57-all tie after another steal and Johnson transition layup w/6:31 to play in the 3rd.
IT’S A TIE GAME! HYFR.
Ronnie Price — Lakers’ point guard of the future. At age 31.
LAL's run became 20-2 on a Kobe baseline fadeaway before Kanter finally stopped the run, but Price's and-1 answer cut the lead to 4.
Not sure if this is real life because the Lakers are actually playing defense. About damn time.
It's an 18-3 run for LAL now, (55-48 Jazz). The intensity has gotten better on defense, and in this Q, Hayward resting for Utah has helped.
LAL have as many assists in the first 3 minutes of the 3rd Q as they did in the 1st half (3).
Kobe made a wide open three when he should have taken another dribble to take a long two instead. Wonder how Byron feels about this.
A Boozer steal led to a transition chance for LAL, and Kobe pulled up for a 3 (his 3rd) to cut Utah's lead to 9. Kobe has 19. 16-3 LAL run.
HEY, LAKERS ARE ONLY DOWN BY NINE.
Exum-Burks-Hood-Kanter-Gobert starts the 2nd half for Utah. Same group for LAL. Deficit is 12 after a 5-1 Lakers start.
I was hoping Quin Snyder would put Dahntay Jones in at the same time as Kobe, but he’s a smart coach.
LAL trail 54-38 at the half. Kobe continues to be almost the lone bright spot, w/15 points, though he needed 15 FGA's to get there.
Halftime: Jazz 54, Lakers 38.
Wait, Kobe passed the ball? And Boozer missed the dunk. Sigh
I saw Ray Charles play at an old casino in Laughlin before he passed. It was cool and depressing. Kind of like watching Kobe on this team.
I TAKE BACK MY TWEET. CARLOS BOOZER JUST MISSED RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE RIM.
I never thought I’d tweet this, but Carlos Boozer has had a solid first half — 7 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals.
The latest Jazz player to get a shot at defending Kobe is Carrick Felix, who bit on Kobe's pump fake ahead of an and-1. Bryant has 15.
Jazz 52, Lakers 30 with 2:20 left in the 2nd quarter.
Kobe's 2nd 3-pointer got him up to 12 points, but LAL's defense continues to struggle, with Alec Burks reaching 13 points to put Utah up 20.
Two 3s for Kobe. He has more tonight than Lakers had in last two games combined. (I also could have sent this tweet after his first 3)
That looked like one of those drills where teams play offense against big orange cones. BK
Another difficult game to watch, but nice behind-the-back pass from Kobe to Boozer, who finished strong at the rim.
A rare highlight play tonight came from Kobe, who wrapped a pass around his back after penetrating the defense to get Boozer a layup.
BRYANT TO CARLOS!
Kobe’s slick like that. AK
This doesn't feel like a surprise, but the Lakers trail Utah, 43-25. It's just past the midpoint of the second quarter.
After Kobe hit a long 3, Randle made a nice move to get into the paint … only for Rudy Gobert to swat it away. Utah up 43-25.
BREAKING: LAKERS FINALLY TOOK AND MADE A THREE.
Wait, was that a 3-pointer? By Kobe?
Kobe just buried a 3 from distance. Not sure we'll see a lot of those, but it breaks a 13 quarter streak for the Lakers without one.
KOBE FINALLY RETURNS. THE COMEBACK BEGINS.
Wayne Ellington's 0 for 6 from the field (LAL 8 for 30) in part because he's playing PG, which he's never done in his life.
Randle is really struggling in space defensively. BK
I’ve made the same amount of shots as Wayne Ellington through 5.25 quarters: zero.
Unlikely point guards are a theme from last year: Kobe, Henry, Sacre, Meeks, Bazemore all saw minutes at PG* *Only one of these is a lie.
Wayne Ellington has to play point guard because Steve Nash, Jeremy Lin and Keith Appling are hurt and Magic Johnson is retired.
There’s a reason why the Jazz are letting you shoot that jumper, Robert Sacre.
You guys, we've waited all summer for the Roscoe Smith/Dahntay Jones matchup.
There is reason to believe the Lakers 2nd unit could be effective when healthy. The third unit is less encouraging. BK