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Lakers vs. Jazz final score: Second-half surge fuels 98-91 Lakers victory

The Lakers were down big early but turned it around through the second half.

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The Los Angeles Lakers found themselves down 20 in the first half, but turned it around after halftime on their way to a 98-91 victory over the Utah Jazz. Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 26 points, breaking the Lakers' two-game three-point drought and leading the way on the scoreboard.

It wasn't all pretty for Kobe, who put up 22 field goal attempts, but he also was great at facilitating the offense and finding his teammates in the fourth quarter. He finished the game with five assists.

Julius Randle was impressive through the fourth quarter, hitting a handful of mid-range jumpers and taking advantage of a mismatch in the low-post to come up with key scoring possessions. He finished the game with eight points and five rebounds in 20 minutes:

The Lakers outscored the Jazz 31-18 in the third quarter, covering ground and pulling back into the game after a sloppy first half. Los Angeles shot just 28 percent through the first 24 minutes, but looked much better as they closed out the game. Wesley Johnson threw down a few nice dunks in the third to highlight the Lakers sudden surge, and Los Angeles was able to close out the game in the final quarter.

Ronnie Price played big minutes with Jeremy Lin, Steve Nash and Jordan Clarkson all still out, and the veteran point guard finished with a game-high 10 assists. He was also a pest defensively, competing with the Jazz's athletic perimeter players and coming up with four steals. Carlos Boozer scored 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting and had a surprising six steals.

The Lakers break a three-game losing streak and face the Phoenix Suns on Oct. 21.

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