Los Angeles Lakers (40-13) visit the Utah Jazz (32-18)
Streaks: Lakers 3 straight wins and end Utah's 9 game winning streak
Regular season series tied 1-1
Final Score 96-81 Lakers
To answer your question Mr. Boozer, the Lakers are playing this well without Kobe and Bynum because they're playing their best TEAM basketball so far this season. Let me explain.
Gasol was just one rebound shy from having his 20/20 game and possibly grabbing Barbara Walters attention at the same time. LO had another double double night with a season high 25 pts with 11 rebs. Farmar had 18 pts and went a perfect 4-4 behind the 3 point line. Shannon Brown had 11 points with another dunk contest preview. DJ Mbenga even got off his turn tables and got intn the action by scoring 4 points. Why the big fuss about his whopping 4 points? The last date he scored any points was 1/15. Sasha was given 15 minutes tonight and had 3 steals and played well. Last time he had this many minutes was 1/3. Even though Gasol will most likely be the Western Conference player of the week with his ridiculous production, Lamar should get game honors with his tempo setting early on. He played strong and has been since Kobe's absence.
Utah was left dumb-founded and never really had a chance to recover from an early Laker statement until late 4th quarter. After tonight, the Kobe-less Lakers will have a new found respect among its NBA peers. What a great win entering the NBA All-Star break! Go Lakers! Go TEAM Basketball!
Here's tonight's box score courtesy of Yahoo Sports! (Click to enlarge)