Utah Jazz: Jazz roll past injury-ravaged Lakers, end Staples Center losing streak
And veteran point guard Steve Nash reaggravated the nerve irritation issue that has sidelined him for most of the season, sitting out the second half. And Los Angeles shot just 38.8 percent as a team, including a dreadful 22.2 percent (4 of 18) in the second period when the Jazz turned the tide in their favor.
"The second quarter killed us," D'Antoni said. "... We started off great shooting the ball, then we hit a period where we couldn't hit shots and it continued the rest of the game, more or less.
"It's like you're trying to get over the hill and you can't get over it, and your shoulders drop a little bit. And (the Jazz) got tired of letting us get in the game and they got frustrated and we lost it at the end.
"It was a tough night," he said. "We couldn't shoot the ball."
Or as one disgruntled Laker fan sitting courtside yelled in the second quarter, "This is embarrassing — again!"
Marvin Williams scored five quick points to help stake the Jazz to an early 7-0 lead and Utah still led with 8:07 left in the opening period when this no-name group of Lakers suddenly started playing like the talent-laden Lakers of old.
With Kaman doing most of the damage, the Lakers rattled off 19 unanswered points to turn their early deficit into a 14-point lead, 25-11, and extended it to 27-12 with 2:10 left in the first quarter.
But after trimming the Lakers' lead to 27-16 at the first stop, the second quarter was all Utah as the Jazz completed an impressive 22-point first-half turnaround, going from 11 points down to 11 points ahead by halftime.
Kanter hit a couple of jumpers to start the second quarter and joined forces with Evans and Burks as the Jazz opened the period with a 16-3 run, as Hayward's driving layup put Utah up 32-30 with 4:20 to go until halftime.
While the Lakers' offense sputtered, scoring a season-low 10 points in the second period, Hayward and Favors fueled another 16-7 run to finish the quarter, vaulting the Jazz to an 11-point halftime lead, 48-37.
"We were missing shots," Hayward said of Utah's shaky opening quarter. "We started out well, then for whatever reason, we couldn't throw it in the ocean. They were hitting the outside shot; they were hitting everything.
"Then I think we stepped it up defensively. We got some more shots, some easy buckets, we made a little bit of a run at the end of the first (quarter), then the second we played pretty well and got ourselves going.
"It was good for us to fight back like that," Hayward said.
L.A. opened the third quarter with a 15-5 spurt of its own, slashing Utah's lead to just one point at 53-52 at the 6:07 mark, and it looked like the Jazz might squander that impressive second-quarter showing.
But Utah regained its composure, outscoring the Lakers 15-8 over the remainder of the third period to take a 68-60 lead into the fourth.
With Burks slashing to the basket, hitting jumpers and making his free throws — he was 4 of 5 from both the field and the foul line in the final period — the Jazz pulled away, building as much as a 20-point lead, 96-76, on a Burks 3 as the Lakers sputtered badly down the stretch.
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