Jazz wary of Kobe in home rematch with Lakers

The Jazz will face their biggest test of the season Wednesday night when they play host to the Los Angeles Lakers at EnergySolutions Arena.

The Jazz fell to the Lakers by 25 points when they opened the regular season Dec. 27 in L.A. But since then Utah has won five in a row while focusing on team work rather than individual activity.

Both the Jazz and Lakers will be playing the second game of back-to-back series.

Utah beat Cleveland 113-105 on Tuesday. L.A. won in Phoenix, beating the Suns 99-83.

Former MVP Kobe Bryant went off for 48 points. It was the 108th 40-point game of his career.

Bryant, 33, is averaging nearly 30 points a game this season and in 51 career games against the Jazz, has averaged 25.9 per contest.

“It’s not just the 48 last night, Kobe is Kobe,” Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. “You ask around this league and a lot of people will say he’s probably the best player in the league. He’s a guy that, he scored 48 last night? Well, he’s going to try to get 50 tonight. You can’t relax on him just because he had a game last night.”

If Bryant is showing signs of age, it’s not apparent to the Jazz. He scored 26 points against them last month.

Jazz center Al Jefferson joked that Bryant is “32 or 33 going on 22 or 23.”



About Jim Burton

Jim Burton has worked for the Standard-Examiner since 1991. He has covered everything from the preps to Utah, BYU, Weber State and the Ogden Raptors. Currently he is the Standard's Utah Jazz beatwriter and its sports columnist.
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One Response to Jazz wary of Kobe in home rematch with Lakers

  1. RoyBoy says:

    Good stuff Jimbo

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