Lakers Flex Muscles in Beating Jazz

LA cruises early to end Utah's 19-game home win streak
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Mar 21, 2008 1:59 AM CDT
Los Angeles Lakers forward Ronny Turiaf, right, defends against Utah Jazz forward Carlos Boozer, left, last night. The Lakers beat the Jazz 106-95.    (AP Photo/Steve C. Wilson)
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(Newser) – The Los Angeles Lakers made sure in a big way that the Utah Jazz didn't break its franchise record for consecutive home wins last night. Kobe Bryant had 27 points and and Lamar Odom had 22 points and 12 rounds as the Lakers ended the Jazz' 19-game home win streak with a 106-95 win, reports the Associated Press.

The Lakers hit nine of their first 10 shots and were ahead by 24 early in the second period. Utah hadn't lost at home since a 104-98 loss to Boston Dec. 29. Carlos Boozer (23 points, 15 rebounds) and Deron Williams (26 points, 12 assists) both had big nights in the loss for Utah.