Lakers win third straight

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY – Kobe Bryant’s throat was sore and his back was tight. Good thing he was able to score most of his points standings still. Bryant made up for an off shooting night by making 21 free throws, scoring 35 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 102-94 win over the Utah Jazz on Monday night. The Jazz were playing without guard Deron Williams, who missed his second game since the All-Star break with a strained groin. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After losing six straight, the Lakers have won three in a row and again got help from somebody other than Bryant, who missed the shootaround and said he spent most of the day sick in bed. “We’re getting there,” Bryant said. center_img Smush Parker added 24 points and Lamar Odom had 19 points and 14 rebounds. One day after scoring a career high 26, Maurice Evans added 10 points – scoring seven in the fourth quarter. “We’re starting to find some consistency in our offense and getting other people involved,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. Bryant said his back tightened up throughout the game after spending most of the day in bed. His free throws appeared just fine, though, going 21-for-24, just two away from tying his own team record for foul shots made. He was 7-for-21 from the floor, but four of his field goals came in the fourth quarter as Bryant led the Lakers with 11 points. “He forced us to help in a lot of situations and Smush Parker was able to get a lot of open looks at the basket,” said former Lakers guard Derek Fisher, who led the Jazz with 23 points and eight assists. “Defensively they are a tough team to match up against.” Parker finished 6-for-8 on 3-pointers and Odom even stepped out for a 3-pointer for the Lakers. last_img read more