L.A. Times: Before Wednesday night’s game, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson talked about the fatigue his team might be feeling.
After the game, after the Lakers dropped a 113-109 decision to the Utah Jazz at Energy Solutions Arena, Jackson refused to say attrition was the reason the Lakers’ seven-game winning streak ended.
The Lakers played their eighth game in 13 days, seven on the road, and 11 of the days have been away from home. With that in mind, Jackson was asked if the Lakers lost because of a harrowing schedule. “No, not this one,” Jackson said. “We had ample opportunity to come and play this road game. It was going to be tough. We knew that. We just didn’t measure up tonight.”
Still, the Lakers headed into this weekend’s All-Star break with the best record in the NBA at 42-10. They remain a confident team, especially after going 6-0 on a trip that included wins over Boston and Cleveland.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 37 points, but he made only 14 of 33 shots from the field, one for seven from three-point range.