Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/8/12
SALT LAKE CITY -- Kobe Bryant went on one of his patented scoring tears late in the fourth quarter Wednesday night against the Utah Jazz. However, it was too little, too late for the visiting Los Angeles Lakers. Even though Bryant scored 16 in a row for the Lakers in the final moments at EnergySolutions Arena, Randy Foye's fourth-quarter offensive outburst proved to be more significant. Foye scored 17 points, including four 3-pointers in the final quarter, to give the Jazz a big lift in a 95-86 victory over the Lakers. Bryant finished with a game-high 29 points, but it wasn't enough to prevent Los Angeles from falling for the fourth time in its first five games. Though the Jazz's expectations are much lower than the Lakers', Utah needed the win just as much. The Jazz won its season opener at home against Dallas, then dropped three games in a row on the road before Wednesday's win. Al Jefferson scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Mo Williams contributed 16 points and seven assists to boost the Jazz. Dwight Howard had a quiet second half, scoring just five points, to finish with 19 points. The Lakers center also had nine rebounds, but he turned the ball over five times. Los Angeles' Metta World Peace chipped in with 15 points and seven rebounds. Nobody affected the game quite like Foye, though. The backup shooting guard, signed by the Jazz in the offseason after playing for the Clippers, hit three 3-pointers in a row to help Utah go ahead by 11 after the Lakers trimmed the margin to five points. The Lakers made a third-quarter push, getting to within four points thanks to a 9-0 run that was capped by a Steve Blake 3-pointer. Utah answered that burst, though, with a three-point play from Marvin Williams and an Enes Kanter dunk to take a 65-57 lead into the fourth. At the start, the Jazz came out stronger in the battle of 1-3 teams. Mo Williams scored 14 points in the first half, leading Utah to a 51-41 halftime lead. Back from their rough 0-3 road trip, the Jazz used the home-crowd energy to build a lead as big as 16 in the opening half. To begin the game, the Lakers resembled the team that began 0-3 more than the squad that demolished Detroit 108-79 in their first win on Sunday. Howard scored 14 points on 7-for-10 shooting before the break, but L.A. only shot 34.3 percent as a team and turned in a 17-point first quarter. Howard said the team isn't overly concerned with its slow start. "It's all about how you finish. There's never a time to panic," Howard said. "You just always have to stay focused. You're always going to go through points in the season where you may lose a lot of games and there's points in the season where you may win a lot of games." NOTES: Jazz guard Earl Watson has begun playing one-on-one and said he continues to make improvements. Watson doesn't have a return date after having knee surgery last spring. ... Mo Williams played for Lakers coach Mike Brown in Cleveland from 2008-10 before both went to Los Angeles (Williams to the Clippers; Brown to the Lakers). ... Lakers point guard Steve Nash sat out again because of a non-displaced fracture in his left leg.
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