LOS ANGELES (Sporting Alert) — The Los Angeles Lakers suffered yet another defeat in the season, this time against the Utah Jazz on Sunday night, prompting pundits to claim that maybe Mike Brown wasn’t the problem.
Lakers, despite shooting almost 54 percent from three-point range, still fell short Sunday – beaten 117-110 by a determined Jazz side that made up its mind from early not to lose at the Staples.
The defeat was heart-breaking for a Lakers team which have now dropped two consecutive games and four of its last five.
“I just don’t think we’ve had a gut-check moment yet. At some point we’re going to draw a line in the sand and that’s it, you have to fight,” Mike D’Antoni, who replaced Brown at the Lakers head coach said.
“It seems like things happen on the court that get us down. Are there possessions we just throw away? Yeah. We have too many guys who will take a possession off.”
Paul Millsap scored 24 points and nine rebounds and Mo Williams added 22 points and nine assists in the win for the Jazz (12-10, 4-9 away).
Enes Kanter, Gordon Hayward and Al Jefferson each added 14 points on the night.
“The way we’ve been struggling on the road, it felt good to come in here and get a big win,” said Jefferson, who also pulled down 11 rebounds.
“They’re the kind of team that tries to pick up the tempo on offense and not run back on the defensive end, so we tried to pick up our speed and make them run a little bit.”
Kobe Bryant led the way for the Lakers with a game 34 points, including 14 in the third quarter.
Jordan Hill contributed 17 points and nine boards, Jodie Meeks had 16 points, while Dwight Howard finished with 16 rebounds and 11 points.
“We’re too good of a team to let everything slip away,” Howard said. “We’re going to get better.
“It’s going to click. We can’t let anyone from outside break our bond. We have to stay patient.”