Saturday, November 27, 2010



Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant pleads for a foul after missing a basket in the final minutes of the fourth quarter against the Utah Jazz during Game 3 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff series in Salt Lake City, Utah, May 8, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

Perhaps that fun practice on Thanksgiving was a bad idea because the party was over for the Lake Show in Salt Lake City last night against a full Utah Jazz team. Point Guard maestro, Deron Williams' 29 points and clutch 3 with just over a minute to go led the Jazz to a victory to the tune of 102-96. Al Jefferson's almost double, double of 20 and 8 was also key in his battle with the Lakers Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom. The Jazz are now 12 and 5 after beating their old home, New Orleans by 18 on Wednesday. Still recovering from injury Kobe played big but his 31 and 14 straight points where not enough. Neither was another double, double from Gasol who had 21 and 11. The Lakers put up a great effort but all the Utah jazz's pieces where playing in perfect harmony. Kobe had nothing but appreciation for this great Jazz team and Deron Williams who he called the best point guard in the league. Kobe sounded off on the team, "They got a lot of talent. They play that way all the time. You can take the softest player in the league and put him on the Jazz and he'll turn into a tough guy." Kobe and the Lakers eat a slice of humble pie after thanksgiving but at least Kobe's games looking even tougher.TIM DAVID HARVEY.

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