Kobe Bryant Suffers Worst Ever Defeat, Jazz Crush Lakers 123-75
Utah Jazz crushed the Los Angeles Lakers 123-75 Monday night as Kobe Bryant suffered the worst-ever defeat of his 20-year career with the Purple & Gold. Incidentally, Kobe Bryant will play the final game of his career in a home game against Utah on April 13.Advertisement
In what was Bryant’s final appearance in Utah, the Jazz dominated proceedings from the onset, outscoring Lakers 34-16 in the very first quarter before winning by a 48-point margin. Bryant finished with 5 points (1-11 FG, 0-4 3pt), 2 assists and a steal from 28 minutes of playing time. |Final Box Score| Prior to the game, the Jazz paid tribute to Bryant’s storied career. (Watch Video Above)
The Lakers’ previous worst defeat came last season when they suffered a humiliating 142-94 defeat to city rivals Clippers on March 7, 2014. Though Bryant missed that game with an injury, Monday’s defeat to Utah would go down in the history books as his worst-ever game in 20+ years.
Russell continues to struggle…
Lakers youngsters D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle had forgettable nights. While Russell went 2-11 from the field for his 5 points, Randle finished with only 2 points and a rebound from 24 minutes. Jordan Clarkson, with 12 points and 8 rebounds, and Lou Williams, with 16 points, were the only Lakers who put up a decent fight. The rest of the players were completely shut down by Utah’s acclaimed defensive prowess.
For Utah, the back court of Rodney Hood (30 points, 3 rebounds) and Shelvin Mack (17 points, 5 assists) put on a great show for the sold out crowd that chanted “Kobe…Kobe” for most of the night. Rudy Gobert dominated the paint area with 19 rebounds and 2 blocks to go along with 8 points. Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward had 14 and 11 points, respectively.
It was also Utah’s best offensive night of the season, propelling them to the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference playoff race, a game ahead of the struggling Houston Rockets.
Kobe Bryant said Sunday that he intended to play the remaining games on the Lakers’ schedule. After the defeat to Utah, the 15-59 Lakers have 8 more games left on their season.
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