The shot clocks at Energy Solutions Arena weren’t the only things broken in this game. Number one in the league from 3PT, the Lakers shot just 4-15 from behind the arc tonight, scored 33 points on 68% shooting in the first quarter but got outscored 29-17 in the second and shot just 42% for the game. The Laker bench couldn’t buy a hoop going just 5-21 from the field, and the defense by the visiting team? Porous, slow and disconnected.
The Lakers led by as many as 19 points in the second quarter, getting practically everything they wanted on both ends of the floor. Lamar Odom (16 points on 5-8, 10 rebounds, five assists) dribbled from Utah’s basket to the Lakers’ hoop numerous times, meeting little to no resistance. Neither Paul Millsap nor Andrei Kirilenko could stop him and he knew it, but he scored eight points in the first quarter, yet only eight points across the final 36 minutes. His defense on Millsap was solid early on, and he drew two fouls on the Jazz forward early in the first quarter to take him out of the game, but he lost sight of or stopped accounting for Kirilenko often enough and got burned when he did.