The (18-3) Los Angeles Lakers, currently on an 11-game winning streak embark on a 5-game 9-day road trip starting tonight facing the (13-9) Utah Jazz in the first of three back-to-back games.

All five Lakers’ starters scored in double figures, but it wasn’t enough. Kobe Bryant had 16 points, but he was just seven-for-24 shooting from the field. Bryant tried to play through a stomach ache, but it was clear that it bothered him.

In the third, the Lakers tightened up the defense, holding Utah to 21 points, but then the offense went cold. 18 points in the third, 23 in the fourth. That wasn’t enough to make up the deficit. Kobe Bryant, fighting a bug and his first night playing with a splint on his right index finger to protect the avulsion fracture he suffered last night against the Wolves, struggled on both ends. Offensively, he was limited to 16 points on 7-24 shooting. Meanwhile, he was a step slow defensively, getting burned by the Jazz when he played off his man to do the “center field” thing.

Ron Artest played a pretty strong game (16 points, putting him over 10,000 for his career). Derek Fisher was 6-8 from the floor, but had to sit in the second half with foul trouble. Pau Gasol had his second straight 20 rebound game, but Andrew Bynum only had four in thirty minutes of burn. Overall, not a robust performance from the purple and gold.

The game against the Jazz in Salt Lake was the first of a five-game trip for the Lakers. The Lakers will return home tonight, practice Monday and head to Chicago that afternoon.

– LA Times
– Lakers.com

  • kevobe


  • deafex

    Dont worry Kobe! 😉

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/renz824/ R3NST3R

    hey it was a good game overall =)

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/jmizzo/ jmauro

    Kobe is tough and a warrior, but this is one that he should have taken off…hindsight 20/20 but with the finger and stomach problem…Phil should have insisted that he sit this one out.

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/papis/ papis

    don’t worry kobe, you’ll be fine soon !

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/waunie/ Waunie Wilson

    Get Well Soon Kobe

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/bigzoe03/ J. Johnson

    Talk about a turn-around!!

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/airapparent/ Air Apparent

    Get well soon Kob

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/yanebok/ yanebok

    aw, poor kobe..get well soon and beat the bulls!!! go kobe, go lakers!! =)

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/ninaross/ NiNaRoSs

    Hey there Kobe!!! Just pop’n in to wish you guys the best for 2morrows game against THE BULLS!! Kick ass & have a safe trip!!!


  • http://kobebryant.com/members/ninaross/ NiNaRoSs

    The Jazzr’s might have taken that game but that aint S@%$! We got this!!! WE GOT THIS!!! !~GO LAKERS~!!

  • kobebestever

    hey everything runs threw kobe on the laker squad. but kobe is the best and will look like a monster vs bulls no doubt. i messed this game because i was in vegas but on sunday i wear my lakers jersey and i ran into some utah guys and of course they were talking but i was bout to kick some ass haha but my girlfriends mom pulled me away haha. am a laker for life and would hurt someone for talking bad bout my team

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/len1427/ len1427

    should def have a career day against the bulls im from the chi and damn do the bulls suck.

  • jacko

    get well son kobe and good luck next game

  • jacko


  • spechtacular

    Not to mention our boy had flu symptoms…Let’s get that RING!!!

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/qiangdan24/ Tibetan champatenzen

    I am a Tibetan, I have family in Tibet, now in Beijing, universities, unfortunately, did not last Olympic Games the opportunity to Wukesong to see you play. Hope that the Turkish Men’s Basketball Championships, the United States – your country will be NO.1