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Lakers beat Jazz 102-84 to snap 4-game skid

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 26, 2013 at 1:15 am •  Published: January 26, 2013
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The Lakers had lost 10 of their last 12 and remain seven games below .500.

"We're bonding together and we're communicating with each other very well," Bryant said, suggesting that last week's confrontation was healthy for the team. "You can't just sweep things under the rug all the time. They don't get better."

Utah cut its deficit to 78-69 early in the fourth before the Lakers began dominating the final 10 minutes. World Peace hit his fifth 3-pointer and Bryant scored four points during a 14-5 spurt that pushed Los Angeles' lead to 92-74. The Lakers were 9 of 21 from long range.

"I could tell they were the more desperate team," Hayward said. "We didn't bring it from the start and we kind of just dug ourselves a hole."

The Lakers led by 12 early in the third before Utah closed to 61-58, capped by Favors' alley-oop dunk off a pass from Earl Watson.

The Lakers fought back from 3-point range. Chris Duhon and World Peace combined for three 3-pointers and Jodie Meeks dunked to keep them ahead 72-63 going into the fourth. Gasol and Millsap got into it verbally and received double technicals as the quarter was ending.

"They got their hands on us and they got us out of our offense," Utah coach Tyrone Corbin said. "They were just more aggressive."

Utah closed to 47-37 at halftime.

The Lakers' 15-4 run to start the game was helped by World Peace and Nash combining for three 3-pointers. The Jazz quickly closed within two before the Lakers stretched their lead to 26-19.

NOTES: World Peace was one 3-pointer shy of equaling his career high set on Feb. 28, 2009, against Chicago. ... Bryant finished one assist shy of his career high set on Feb. 12, 2002, against Washington. ... Utah fell to 9-16 on the road.