|N. Young||SF||R. Jefferson|
|P. Gasol||PF||M. Williams|
|R. Sacre||C||D. Favors|
|J. Meeks||SG||G. Hayward|
|K. Marshall||PG||T. Burke|
K. Bryant: Knee Out until early February
S. Nash: Back Out until early January
S. Blake: Elbow Out until late January
X. Henry: Knee Out until early January
J. Farmar: Hamstring Out until early February
W. Johnson: Illness Questionable for Jan 3. against Utah
No injuries reported.
Gasol, Marshall lead lakers over Jazz 110-99
By Joe Resnick | January 04, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) Pau Gasol had 23 points and 17 rebounds, and the injury-riddled Los Angeles Lakers used their sixth different starting point guard of the season Friday night in a 110-99 victory over the Utah Jazz.
Kendall Marshall was given the assignment by coach Mike D'Antoni, who has used 18 different starting lineups this season. He was the 14th player to start a game for the Lakers overall, finishing with 20 points and 15 assists in 40 minutes - all career highs.
Marshall's other three starts in the NBA came last season with Phoenix, and the Suns lost all three games despite his 37 assists. He spent 2 1/2 weeks with the Delaware 87ers of the D-League before the Lakers signed him on Dec. 20.
The victory snapped a six-game losing streak for the Lakers, who concluded a four-game stretch against teams that are last in their respective divisions - including a 105-103 loss last Friday at Utah, a 111-104 loss against Philadelphia and a 94-79 loss to Milwaukee.
Gordon Hayward scored 22 points for the Jazz.
Gasol missed that game because of a respiratory infection, joining Kobe Bryant, Steve Blake and Steve Nash on a lengthy infirmary list that also has included Jordan Farmar, Xavier Henry, Wesley Johnson and Chris Kaman. Johnson was back in the lineup and was the first player off D'Antoni's depleted bench, getting 11 points in 22 minutes after missing Tuesday's game because of gastroenteritis.
Trailing by 21 points with 4 minutes left in the third quarter, Utah narrowed the gap to 90-86 with a 19-7 run capped by Enes Kanter's short jumper with 4:47 to play. But Nick Young responded with a 20-footer to ignite a game-ending 16-9 run that was highlighted by 3-pointers 30 seconds apart by Jodie Meeks and Marshall.
Gasol led the Lakers to a 52-40 halftime lead with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Marshall had nine assists and seven points. Utah, trying for its first three-game winning streak of the season after beating Charlotte and Milwaukee at home, missed 12 of its first 15 shots while Los Angeles opened the game with a 19-6 run. Each of the Lakers' first 14 rebounds came off the defensive glass.
The Jazz, who came in 17th in the league in 3-point shooting percentage at 34.9, came up empty on their first nine attempts from behind the arc before Richard Jefferson connected with 4:04 left in the second quarter.
NOTES:With Bryant not close to returning from his fractured left knee, the Lakers already have been bumped from two nationally scheduled telecasts on the original cable schedule - Jan. 8 at Houston (ESPN) and Jan. 20 at Chicago (TNT). ... Marshall began his freshman season at North Carolina as a backup point guard to Larry Drew II, before coach Roy Williams made him a starter. In one game, he had 16 assists to help beat Florida State. As a sophomore, he set an ACC single-season record with 351 assists. ... The Jazz already have lost a league-worst 19 games by double-digit margins, just two fewer than they did all of last season.
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All-Time Series Notes: Los Angeles trails the 2013-14 season series with Utah 0-1
… Last year, the Lakers finished the season series with Utah 1-2, after splitting the
previous two season series with Utah 2-2 … In the past three seasons, the Lakers
owned a four-year season series win streak against the Jazz: 2006-07 (2-1), 2007-08
(3-1), 2008-09 (2-1), 2009-10 (3-1) ... The Jazz and Lakers have met 162 times in the
regular season (101-61) and 143 times since the Jazz moved to Utah (88-55) ... The
Lakers are 4-6 in their last 10 regular season games against the Jazz ... The Lakers are
21-6 all-time against the Jazz at STAPLES Center during the regular season ... From
January 1, 2006 through April 5, 2011, the Lakers owned a 17-game home win streak
against the Jazz (including playoff games) ... In Utah, the Lakers have gone 4-6 in their
last 10 regular season games at EnergySolutions Arena ... In recent series history, on
12/9/09 at STAPLES Center, the Lakers held the Jazz to the 3rd fewest fourth quarter
points (6) in the NBA’s shot clock era ... In 2006, the Lakers scored a series record 132
points in a 132-102 victory 11/30/06 at STAPLES Center, improving upon the old mark
of 131 points achieved at Utah 12/4/86 ... In that game, Kobe Bryant established a new
series-high with 52 points against the Jazz, surpassing his own record of 43 points
(3/22/05) while also bettering Adrian Dantley’s Jazz mark of 50 established in November
of 1979 ... Bryant’s 30-point 3rd quarter tied his own franchise record and is tied for the
4th-highest scoring quarter in NBA history ... In the postseason, the Lakers and Jazz
have met six times (1988, 1997, 1998, 2008, 2009, 2010) with the Lakers advancing on
four occasions: 1988 Conf. Semifinals (4-3), 2008 Conf. Semifinals (4-2), 2009 First
Round (4-1) and 2010 Conf. Semifinals (4-0).
Connections: Lakers F/C Pau Gasol was coached by Jazz Assistant Coach Sidney Lowe, who served as head coach in Memphis, during his rookie season in 2001-02 and a
portion of his sophomore season (8 games) in 2002-03… Young and Jazz F Dominic McGuire were teammates on the Wizards for two-and-a-half seasons between 2007 and
when McGuire was traded in February 2010… Jazz F Derrick Favors was teammates with Lakers G Jordan Farmar and Lakers F Shawne Williams on the New Jersey Nets
for part of the 2010-11 season before being traded in February… Utah G John Lucas III was coached by Lakers assistant coach Johnny Davis when Davis was in the same
role with the Toronto Raptors during the 2012-13 season… Utah F Richard Jefferson was born in Los Angeles.