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The Credits: "All That Jazz"


The Los Angeles Lakers fell to the more aggressive and energetic Utah Jazz, 99 to 103, in a game that saw the Lakers turn it over twenty-four times and No. 24 shoot 3 for 20. From the onset, the Lakers sloppy play was evident as they tallied up ten turnovers in the first quarter alone. Sloppy play was the theme of the night as Jazz player after Jazz player practically scored at will, with Paul Millsap contributing 24 (popular number last night), Enes Kanter (had to look up the right spelling) 17 and Alex Burcs (had to make sure he was in the NBA) scored 13 of his 17 in the fourth quarter. Where is he on TrueHoops' clutch list?

Aside from the obvious turnover issues, and Kobe's bad night (did they change the rims?), attention has to be placed on the Lakers Defense, which has steadily fallen over the past week. Mike Brown sums it up:

We talked to our guys about our defense slipping a little bit. The last five or six games, we’ve given up 100 points very easily to our opponents and that’s not who we are. We have to get back to committing to the defensive end of the floor and not giving up easy buckets or not giving up baskets the way that we have been. For those guys to shoot over 47 percent on us and score 103 points, that’s mind boggling for us defensively.

Andrew Bynum continued his offensive explosion with 33 points and 11 rebounds but failed to contain Enes Kanter on the other end. Bynum shared his thoughts post game:

I think that early on there were opportunities to score that I didn’t take advantage of. After that I played a pretty good basketball game so for me offense is coming along fine. Being a defensive captain every single night is something that I am kind of up and down with and I am going to get better at it. I gave some people points that really don’t score. Defense kind of falls on my shoulders as the center and I could have done a better job clogging the lane.

Elsewhere Around the League, the Nuggets signed Wilson Chandler and waived Ronny Turiaf, Derek Fisher was bought out by the Rockets, the Clippers escape in OT and Wade rescues the Heat.

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