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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
One issue is that LAL can't count on Nash, as Scott said pregame, but they do expect Lin to return soon from his ankle sprain.
Another rough quarter for LAL has Utah up 32-20 after 12 min. at Staples. No Lin or Nash isn't helping LAL (35% FG's) get good looks.
Robert Sacre makes a jump hook, but when the offense is going through him… Yeah, I’ll stop there.
Julius Randle checks in with 1:55 left in the first. Was more or less benched for second half the other night.
Robert Sacre's the first one at backup center tonight. Byron Scott said he's going to play both Sacre and Ed Davis in that spot.
Wayne Ellington hasn’t made a shot since Thursday.
STAPLES Center is playing Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off — Kobe’s response to ESPN. It’s a possibility.
This Kobe/Hayward matchup goes back to the summer of '12, when Kobe led USA to Olympics & Hayward was on practice team. Been fun ever since
Every time Jordan Hill makes a jump shot, I will tell you he took 1,000 shots during the off-season because Kobe told him to.
Kobe gambled off Gordon Hayward to try for a steal, and Hayward hit an open 3 as a result. Bryant answered w/a J, Utah up 20-15.
Ronnie Price has been very solid, especially on D, but doesn't create shots for others like Jeremy Lin (ankle) will.
Six minutes into the game, Kobe has taken six shots already. Fantastic shot-minutes ratio so far, but he’s only made one shot.
LAL haven't been much sharper than they started on Thursday in Anaheim. Utah's lead is 13-9 into the 1st time out. LAL 3 for 13 FG's (23%).
Kobe appeared to get hacked pretty hard by Dante Exum on that turnover, but no call. Cue angry Kobe.
Wayne Ellington's (in now) trying to go through what Jodie Meeks took a full season to do, expand his game due to a plethora of injuries.
Kobe started 0 for 3 before hitting a turnaround J, with LAL trailing 11-9 early. FG struggles continue: LAL just 3 for 11 as a team.
1 - Number of times Carlos Boozer has been blocked. Only two minutes into the game, though.
When Wes Johnson shoots, the rest of the Lakers run back to the defensive end. Not really.
The third offensive board in the first 2 minutes from Hill/Boozer results in Hill's put-back layup as LAL get off to a 3-0 start.
If Wes could start playmaking like that on an even semi-frequent basis, it would open up his game in a major way. AK
Jordan Hill - 1, Jazz - 0.
While Landon Donovan plays his last regular season home game, David Beckham is at a Lakers preseason game. http://t.co/lMJipPAEt6
Kobe & Company http://t.co/wGMyAEm02p