Tuesday , Feb , 15 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Los Angeles Lakers Team Report – February 15

=== Los Angeles Lakers Team Report – February 15 ===

(Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Lakers try to halt a two-game losing
streak on Tuesday, as they welcome the disappointing Utah Jazz to the Staples
Center. This is the third meeting of the season between the clubs. In the
two previous contests, the Jazz defeated the Lakers once on the road and
once at the Delta Center. The teams will play once more this season, as the
Jazz are scheduled to host the Lakers on March 22nd.

The home team has won 10 of the last 13 meetings in this series. Utah has won
three of the last four contests. The Jazz have lost nine of their last 11 at
the Lakers.

The Lakers enter Tuesday’s contest having lost five of their last six overall.
On Sunday, Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 30 points and 11 rebounds to lead the
Cleveland Cavaliers past Los Angeles, 103-89, at Gund Arena. Superstar LeBron
James added 25 points, nine assists and eight boards for the Cavaliers.

All-Star Kobe Bryant started in his return from a 14-game stint on the injured
list and had 26 points for the Lakers, who have dropped eight of their last 11
contests.

Bryant, playing in his first game since spraining his right ankle on January
13 against the Cavs, showed a little bit of rust late, as he connected on 7-
of-22 shots from the floor in 41 minutes. However, after hitting 50-percent of
his shots in the first half, Bryant made just 1-of-10 in the second half.

LA is 17-10 as the host this season. The Lakers will be playing their final
game before the All-Star break on Tuesday.

Lakers forward Lamar Odom has scored 15 or more points in nine straight games
and is averaging 20.4 points and 10.8 rebounds in that span. The Rhode Island
product has also played 32 or more minutes in those contests.

LAL