Originally written December 10, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
LOS ANGELES -- When the Los Angeles Lakers lost four of five games to begin the season -- capped off by a defeat against the Utah Jazz in early November -- coach Mike Brown was fired days later. Maybe new coach Mike D'Antoni should watch out. The Jazz sent the Lakers to their fourth loss in five games -- again -- with a 117-110 win at Staples Center on Sunday night. Facing a team that hoped to reinstate "Showtime" under D'Antoni, it was Utah that sprinted by Los Angeles, controlling the pace and forcing the Lakers' defense into mass confusion. The Jazz had a 54-34 scoring advantage in the paint and a 19-4 edge in fast-break points as Los Angeles struggled with defensive rotations and spacing. "We're giving up a lot of point in transition," Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said. "Our half-court defense is OK. We're just giving up too many inside. We have to have better defensive balance. We allowed 54 points in the paint. ... That's ...
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