Salt Lake City, UT (Sporting Alert) — The Los Angeles Lakers continued its struggling start to the new season after going down 95-86 to a well balanced Utah Jazz side at the Energy Solutions Arena on Wednesday night.
Kobe Bryant led all scorers on the night with 29 points, but his effort was still not enough for the Lakers to drop to 1-4 on the season.
Al Jefferson scored 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the Jazz in the night’s win.
But he got help from former LA Clippers stars Randy Foye, who had 17 points and Mo Williams, who scored 16 points and dished out seven assists.
Both teams were very disappointing from three point range, with the Lakers shooting only 17.4 percent on 4-of-23 from that range and the Jazz, 29.4 percent, on 5-of-17.
The Lakers, which again were without the injured Steve Nash, had 18 turnovers, with Bryant committing six of those.
Dwight Howard had 19 points and nine rebounds and Metta World Peace contributed 15 points and seven board for a Lakers side that only shot 33.8 percent as a team from the field.