Pop that jersey Kobe. Lakers back in front as leaders in the West. And to quote Kobe, “All day mother F*****s, All day!”
ESPN: The Los Angeles Lakers quickly discouraged any Utah fans who hoped to see the Jazz set a team record for consecutive home wins.
Jazz fans had barely started booing Kobe Bryant before he and the Lakers made nine of their first 10 shots and were up by 20 before the end of the first quarter. Los Angeles held off every Utah rally from there and won 106-95 on Thursday night, ending the Jazz’s 19-game home winning streak.
“The important thing for us is to get off to a good start. We were able to do that and keep the crowd out of it for the most part,” said Bryant, who scored 27 as the Lakers finished a four-game road trip 2-2 and pulled slightly ahead of New Orleans for the best record in the Western Conference.
Lamar Odom had 21 points and 12 rebounds, Derek Fisher added 11 points and Vladimir Radmanovic scored 13 for the Lakers, who are the first team to win in Utah in 2008. Utah’s home winning streak ended with a pretty big thud as the Jazz were never able to get closer than 10 until the final few minutes.
“They went out and buried us right away,” Utah coach Jerry Sloan said.
The Jazz got within eight points down the stretch, but the Lakers didn’t let them any closer. One Utah fan marred the already ugly loss by throwing a beer on the court after a dunk by Odom with 21 seconds left.