Thursday , Nov , 04 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Los Angeles Lakers Team Report – November 4

=== Los Angeles Lakers Team Report – November 4 ===

(Sports Network) – The Lakers fell flat after their season-opening win on
Wednesday night, dropping an ugly 104-78 decision to Utah at the Delta Center.

Kobe Bryant poured in a game-high 38 points for the Lakers, who fell to 1-1 on
the campaign after posting an 89-78 win over Denver on Tuesday. Bryant ended
9-of-21 from the floor and was 16-of-20 from the foul line.

Lamar Odom had 14 points and nine boards for Los Angeles, which never led in
the game.

The Lakers shot a franchise-low 29 percent from the field (20-of-68), compared
to 38-of-75 shooting by Utah (51 percent). Los Angeles had a franchise-low
seven assists

The Jazz scored the game’s first seven points, keyed by four from Boozer. Utah
extended the cushion to 19-6 on Keith McLeod’s jumper and eventually carried a
25-13 edge after one period.

Curtis Borchardt’s jumper at the midway point of the second stanza widened the
gap to 37-19 and Utah extended its cushion to 20 on McLeod’s basket moments
later. The Jazz maintained their hefty edge and took a commanding 45-28 lead
into the intermission.

Bryant’s three-pointer with 7:26 remaining in the game made it 75-62, but the
Lakers never got any closer and Utah cruised to the easy win.

Vlade Divac (back) missed his second consecutive contest.

Los Angeles has a day off before hosting the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday
night.

LAL