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Friday, Nov. 9, 2012

'Frustrated' Lakers stumble to 1-4


SALT LAKE CITY — Before their game Wednesday, Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown remarked how easily Kobe Bryant had been scoring and in so many different ways.

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Launching point: Miami's Ray Allen puts up a jumper in front of Brooklyn's MarShon Brooks in the second quarter on Wednesday night. The Heat routed the Nets 103-73. AP

Against Utah, with four or five players taking turns guarding Bryant, nothing came easy as the Jazz pulled off a 95-86 victory to drop the Lakers to 1-4.

"It's tough for anyone to stop him one-on-one," Jazz guard Randy Foye said. "I have to give a lot of credit to my teammates. Me, Gordon (Hayward), Marvin (Williams), Mo (Williams), Alec (Burks). All of us. It worked well, but I'm lucky the game finished when it did because any longer and he was starting to get it going."

Bryant led all scorers with 29 points, 16 in the fourth quarter. But he shot just 7 of 17 overall after entering the game shooting nearly 60 percent. He also was 0-for-4 from 3-point range, and was only 3 of 10 after three quarters.

While the Jazz were limiting the Lakers to 34 percent shooting, Al Jefferson and free-agent acquisition Foye provided a one-two punch.

Jefferson scored 18 points and Foye added 17 off the bench on five 3-pointers, including three straight in the fourth quarter.

"Oh man, I was feeling it," said Foye, who finished 5 of 9 from beyond the arc and made all of Utah's 3s. "I was just trying to go out there and be aggressive. I've got to give a lot of credit to my teammates. My teammates found me at the right spots and I just knocked down shots."

Foye said the Lakers shouldn't have been surprised that he was a dangerous 3-point shooter.

"They know me," he said. "Last year I played for the Clippers and had big games against them. They knew. But it was either Big Al with the layup or I get a 3."

Utah led by as many as 16 points early, but the Lakers were within five with 8:27 left before Foye hit three straight 3-pointers to give the Jazz a 79-68 lead with 6:40 remaining.

Jefferson scored on back-to-back baskets for Utah as the Jazz boosted their lead to 13.

Bryant's 16-point fourth helped Los Angeles get within five, but his dunk with 12.5 seconds left was too little, too late.

"We're all frustrated," Brown said. "I'm very frustrated too for the simple fact that I just don't think we played the game like we talked about going in. We wanted to be the ones to hit first . . . but we didn't."

Dwight Howard (19 points, nine rebounds) said the Lakers' intensity was low.

Warriors 106, Cavaliers 96

In Oakland, David Lee played through an illness to finish with 22 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, and Golden State outlasted undermanned Cleveland.

Clippers 106, Spurs 84

In Los Angeles, DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin each had double-digit points and rebounds while leading a dunkfest in the Clippers' victory over San Antonio, which lost for the first time this season.

Griffin had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Jordan had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead six players who scored in double figures while helping Los Angeles snap a two-game skid against the team that swept it out of the second round of the playoffs last season.

Danny Green scored 12 points and Tim Duncan added 10 for the Spurs, whose 4-0 start was the best in franchise history.

Nuggets 93, Rockets 87

In Houston, Ty Lawson scored 21 points and Kenneth Faried had 16 points and 16 rebounds to help Denver to a victory over the Rockets.

James Harden had a tough night for Houston and finished with a season-low 15 points on 5-for-15 shooting.

Suns 117, Bobcats 110

In Charlotte, Shannon Brown hit six 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 24 points to lead Phoenix.

Brown, who played briefly with the Bobcats before being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers along with Adam Morrison, helped break open an 87-87 game early in the fourth quarter when he suddenly got hot.

Several of Brown's 3-pointers were contested with a hand in his face, but it hardly mattered.

Heat 103, Nets 73

In Miami, Dwyane Wade scored 22 points on 10-for-14 shooting, LeBron James finished two assists shy of a triple-double and the Miami Heat improved to 4-0 at home for the first time in franchise history.

James had 20 points and 12 rebounds in only 30 minutes, and Rashard Lewis scored 13 points for the Heat (4-1). Miami — which plays its next six games on the road — has won its four home games by an average of 17.8 points.

Hawks 89, Pacers 86

In Atlanta, Kyle Korver scored eight straight points in a late 18-0 run as the Hawks rallied from 14 points down early in the fourth quarter.

David West and George Hill each had 20 for Indiana.

Timberwolves 90, Magic 75

In Minneapolis, Luke Ridnour had 19 points and five rebounds, and Greg Stiemsma got Minnesota's rout started with six straight points to end the third quarter.

Celtics 100, Wizards 94 (OT)

In Boston, Brandon Bass scored five straight points in overtime, helping the Celtics win the back end of a home-and-home set with Washington.

Kevin Garnett led Boston with 20 points and 13 rebounds, Rajon Rondo had 18 points and 14 assists and reserve Jason Terry had 16 points. Bass finished with 11.

Grizzlies 108, Bucks 90

In Milwaukee, Zach Randolph had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Memphis shot 53 percent from the floor in a win over the Bucks.

76ers 77, Hornets 62

In New Orleans, Jrue Holiday had 14 points and 12 assists, and Philadelphia held the hosts to their lowest point total ever.

Mavericks 109, Raptors 104

In Dallas, O.J. Mayo and Chris Kaman each scored 22 points as the short-handed Mavericks won their third straight.

Kings 105, Pistons 103

In Sacramento, DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 11 rebounds to help the Kings hold off winless Detroit.

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