(SALT LAKE CITY) — Al Jefferson scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds helping lead the Utah Jazz (2-3) to a 95-86 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
The loss puts the Lakers’ record at 1-4, their worst start since the 1993-94 season.
Lakers center Dwight Howard scored 19 points and had nine boards in the loss.
“We’re ok,” Howard said. “There is no reason for us to panic or put extra pressure on ourselves. It’s early in the season. We know everybody is expecting great things out of us, but greatness takes time.”
Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 29 points, including shooting 15-17 from the free throw line, but had six of the teams 18 turnovers.
“All lot of (turnovers) come really from reading each other and just being in sync with each other,” Bryant said. “Just passes that are kind of off timing and getting deflected. But the turnovers we’re getting are turnovers from guys trying to make the right play…trying to make plays for other people and put teammates in positions to be successful.”
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN