I really don't have much to say about this game. The Utah Jazz lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in Kobe Bryant's send-off game. Kobe had the green light all night and both teams were playing without key players. The end result was Kobe having a signature night with 60 points (a new career high vs. the Jazz, it was previously 52 points). What was new was probably a game clinching assist. It was an awful start for him in this game, but he poured it on in the end. This was not a good look for the Jazz. Sure, Trey Lyles led the team with 18 points, 11 rebounds, 5 steals, 3 assists, and he hit two threes. It was a very Mamba night, but it would have been nice to have seen the Jazz play a little better. This was a 15 point lead at one point, but one that should have been a 30 point lead -- sadly, the Jazz just couldn't get it done in transition at the level a playoff team needs to convert on. Once again Rodney Hood couldn't make a shot (2/7 from the field, 0/2 from deep), Shelvin Mack was effective, but not from distance going 0/4 from there too.Surprise starter Jeff Withey nearly had a double double in 28 minutes (10 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block) and it's clear that he could have played more this season.
The one guy who hates this loss the most is Gordon Hayward. Hayward wanted this win, and wanted to make it to .500. He took the challenge to Kobe and the Lakers, but they kept getting the match-up they wanted on pick and rolls and switches. Kobe scored 60 on 50 shots. Hayward scored 17 off of 16 points. It wasn't an efficient night for one of these marquee players. And tonight Kobe was the more efficient one.
Good season Jazz. Good effort.